Regulatory

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on Tuesday said it has signed an accord with BNSF Railway Co., noting "BNSF's voluntary revision of several personnel…
Berkshire Hathaway has divested a second short line, the White City Terminal Union Railway, ahead of a schedule set by the Surface Transportation Board earlier this year, as part of…
Railway suppliers are a resilient and optimistic bunch. They know that if times are tough, a better day will come. Over 1,300 railroaders and suppliers attended the September 2012 RSI/CMA…
Claude Mongeau, president and chief executive officer of Canadian National, says there is no evidence of systemic rail service problems warranting the Canadian government's introduction Tuesday of legislation that would expand…
The late British Prime Minister Harold Wilson observed, "A week is a long time in politics." And what a week it was on Capitol Hill.
Two New Jersey congressional representatives and one Pennsylvania colleague Thursday said they will seek to hold a hearing to determine the cause of a freight derailment last week in Paulsboro,…
The Association of American Railroads (AAR) said Monday it has petitioned the Surface Transportation Board (STB) to initiate a rulemaking that would propose re-introducing indirect competition— specifically product and geographic…
A newly released report from Morgan Stanley Research North America on the post-election rail regulatory landscape suggest that rail investors “have few new risks to fear from Washington.”
The Surface Transportation Board has announced a proposal to require disclosure of additional information concerning interchange commitments—known as "paper barriers"—underlying a lease or rail-line sale filed with the board.
The Surface Transportation Board announced Wednesday its determination that two of the five major U. S. freight railroads, Norfolk Southern and Union Pacific, were "revenue adequate" in 2011. This means that their…
Genesee & Wyoming Inc. Monday said it has completed its acquisition of RailAmerica, Inc., and also "entered into a new five-year Senior Secured Credit Facility comprised of a $1.875 billion…
The Surface Transportation Board has directed BNSF Railway's parent, Berkshire Hathaway, to "promptly remedy its noncompliance with railroad control requirements" stemming from its acquisition of BNSF in 2010.
The Surface Transportation Board announced Friday that it had determined the railroad industry's after-tax cost of capital for 2011 to be 11.57%, compared with 11.03% for the prior year.
The Surface Transportation Board Wednesday said it "accepts for consideration the application filed August 6, 2012, by Genesee and Wyoming Inc. (GWI) and RailAmerica, Inc. (RailAmerica), seeking Board approval for…
The Federal Railroad Administration says substantial progress has been made in establishing Positive Train Control (PTC) in the U.S., but acknowledges that the congressionally mandated deadline to do so, Dec.…
Norfolk Southern Monday said it has launched "a new television commercial that showcases the railroad's role as a creator of economic possibilities – a powerful force for growth among the…
The Surface Transportation Board, which has put as much effort into not attracting attention to itself as it has to deciding disputes between railroads and their customers, seems to be…
The Surface Transportation Board's latest update of fees shippers must pay to file cases and pleadings, released Friday, contains some increases but leaves unchanged the current $350 fee charged shippers…
The Surface Transportation Board Wednesday announced "two initiatives to explore ways to further protect captive shippers from unreasonable rail rates." STB said it proposes to reform its rules on how…
The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) Friday said it had reached a major milestone "by securing the 51st Senate co-sponsor of legislation to extend the short line…
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