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Rail cost of capital rises to 11.57%
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.
STB will weigh GWI/RailAmerica merger
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…
FRA says PTC deadline won’t be met
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.…
Amid political background, NS TV ad debuts
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 STB’s seemingly new regulatory aggressiveness
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…
STB keeps rate-case fees low
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…
STB seeks to “protect captive 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…
ASLRRA: 51 Senate cosponsors for tax credit
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…
FRA, OSHA act to protect whistleblowers
The Federal Railroad Administration and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Monday an agreement "to improve coordination between the two agencies in enforcing the whistleblower provision of the Federal…
Railroad Development Corp. wins legal battle
Pittsburgh-based Railroad Development Corp. Thursday said it "has prevailed in its five‐year international arbitration against the Republic of Guatemala brought under the Dominican Republic‐Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA)."
Transport bill maps course for two years
MAP-21, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century, is the latest "ISTEA" transportation funding measure approved by Congress June 29, laying out $127 billion in federal ground transport funding…
Case against coal heats up—again
A ruling by the U. S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has cast new doubt on the future of coal as a source of electricity it for Americans—and a…
Blaine Emerson Capehart, 104
Blaine Emerson Capehart, a key member of Capehart Scatchard, died June 23 at age 104.
Rail employment dips in May, but ahead of 2011
U.S. Class I railroads employed 161,191 workers in mid-May, down 0.42% from the previous month (161,876), but still ahead of March's 160,523 workers employed, according to data provided by the…
Canadian shippers await promised service law
Canada's Coalition of Rail Shippers (CRS) issued a statement Monday applauding the Minister of Transport, Denis Lebel, for reconfirming his commitment to "introduce a bill which would give shippers the right to service…
CN's Mongeau warns of "intrusive regulation"
Canadian National President and CEO Claude Mongeau says the federal government's three-year Rail Freight Service Review (RFSR) "provided the impetus for CN and the rail industry to re-engage with customers to improve service…
Court moves pricing suit against railroads ahead
Judge Paul L. Friedman of the U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia has granted class certification to a lawsuit in which eight shippers allege that BNSF Railway, Union Pacific,…
STB proceeds on Montana railroad proposal
The Surface Transportation Board announced Monday its plan for consideration of Tongue River Railroad Co.'s revised proposal to build and operate a new rail line in Montana between Miles City and Ashland.
Senator proposes DOT "freight initiative"
U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) on Thursday asked Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to launch a "high-level and coordinated multimodal freight initiative at the U.S. Department of Transportation to improve the management of…
Return of Amtrak's Montrealer advanced
Four U.S. Senators representing both New York State and Vermont have revived an effort to restore Amtrak service between Montreal and New York City via Vermont (and New Hampshire).
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