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KCS to stockholders: Be prepared
Legislation introduced in late 2013 in Mexico’s House of Deputies to amend certain provisions in the Mexican Regulatory Railroad Service Law could have “a material adverse effect” on Kansas City…
STB: BNSF, KCS, UP mediation "mandatory"
The Surface Transportation Board is directing BNSF Railway, Kansas City Southern Railway, and Union Pacific to "Engage in mandatory mediation to resolve" the issue of trackage rights over nine miles…
Mongeau continues assault on “intrusive re-regulation”
“Intrusive re-regulation of railways alone will not increase rail volumes of grain, now or in the future,” CN President and CEO Claude Mongeau said in an address to the Winnipeg…
AAR responds to service questions raised at STB hearing
Following an April 10, 2014 Surface Transportation Board hearing on railroad service issues, the Association of American Railroads issued a statement in response to questions that have been raised.
FRA to issue proposed rule on minimum train crew size
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) revealed its intention to issue a proposed rule requiring two-person train crews on crude oil trains and establishing minimum crew size standards for most main…
Study questions truck size, weight increases
At a morning news conference April 9, 2014 in Washington, D.C., findings from a recent report, An Analysis of Truck Size and Weight Issues, Phase I – Safety, were officially…
STB seeks input on rail revenue adequacy
The Surface Transportation Board announced Wednesday, April 2, 2014 that it is seeking written comments from the public in advance of a future public hearing "to explore both the Board's…
STB to review railroad service issues
The Surface Transportation Board announced Tuesday, April 1, 2014 that it will hold a public hearing on April 10 "to provide interested persons the opportunity to report on recent railroad…
CP on Canadian grain legislation: “Ineffective and grossly unfair”
Canadian Pacific on March 27, 2014 issued a strong response to the Canadian government’s decision to introduce legislation expanding already-regulated interswitching limits for grain movements.
Shipper hypocrisy mocks regulatory history
A recurring and intractable thread tying together railroad history is that when the choice has been between economic liberty and government intrusion, selecting the latter has repetitively discouraged capital investment,…
“A solution looking for a problem”
Association of American Railroads President and CEO Ed Hamberger, participating in testimony before the U.S. Surface Transportation Board, has called the National Industrial Transportation League’s proposal to the STB to…
CN to Ritz and Raitt: “It’s a sad day for Canada”
Legislation tabled on March 26, 2014 by Canadian Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Transportation Minister Lisa Raitt to increase regulations on and oversight of railroad grain transportation, and to introduce…
House T&I to STB: Look before you leap
On March 25-26, 2014, the Surface Transportation Board (STB) will hold a public hearing on a petition by the National Industrial Transportation League (NITL) to modify STB’s standards for mandatory…
Highway homicide affects railroads, too
This is about a highway homicide — and we know who dunnit. The perp long ago was identified by state and federal authorities. Yet Congress refuses to order the collar,…
FRA slams lax Metro-North safety concerns
Stressing to the hilt its longstanding public emphasis on safety as a pinnacle industry goal, the Federal Railroad Administration slammed Metro-North Railroad Thursday, March 13, 2014 for a "deficient safety…
Norfolk Southern unveils GoRail locomotive
GoRail and Norfolk Southern on March 12, 2014 unveiled a specially painted locomotive commemorating the 10th anniversary of GoRail, the non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to educating the public about the…
TSB: Lac-Mégantic crude as explosive as gasoline
The crude oil aboard the ill-fated train that destroyed downtown Lac-Mégantic was as explosive as gasoline, Canada's Transportation Safety Board revealed on March 6, 2014, eight months to the day…
TÜV Rheinland acquires British company
Cologne, Germany-based TÜV Rheinland said Thursday, March 6, 2014, it has acquiried Risktec Solutions Ltd., based in Warrington, U.K. Risktec has offices in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, the Middle…
Most Bakken crude can move under FRA Emergency Order
The most onerous burdens under the Emergency Order issued by the Federal Railroad Administration Feb. 25 fall upon crude shippers and transloaders. The earlier regulatory vagueness concerning the classification of…
Chinese railway interests—in Mexico?
A Mexican legislator who happens to be a member of the nation’s opposition National Action Party (PAN) has said that the Chinese government is interested in participating in the country’s…
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