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California court dismisses LA Expo Line suit
The California State Supreme Court, in an opinion issued Monday, Aug. 5, 2013, dismissed objections from "Neighbors for Smart Rail" objecting to Phase 2 construction of the Los Angeles Metro…
Rail cost of capital fell slightly in 2012
The Surface Transportation Board announced Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, that it has determined that the rail industry’s after-tax cost of capital was 11.11%. Last year, the cost of capital was…
Maine weighs options for MM&A traffic
As speculation rises over the future of the Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway (MM&A) following the July 6, 2013 derailment in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, officials in Maine are pondering options for…
Whatever can they be thinking?
Blame it on phases of the moon, a drop on the head as a baby, or a genetic disorder—but, whatever the cause, there seemingly is an increase in self-destructive and…
Investigators search MM&A Quebec office
Quebec provincial police officials, investigating the fatal train incident in Lac-Mégantic, Que., July 6, arrived with a warrant at the Farnham, Que., offices of the Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway…
Transport Canada: No more one-person crews
Transport Canada said late Tuesday, July 23, 2013 it would now ban one-person train crews, in response to the train derailment and explosion earlier this month in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec. The…
STB urged to halt Princeton Dinky truncation
Two advocacy groups on Monday, June 24, 2013 filed a petition with the Surface Transportation Board to block New Jersey Transit Corp. and Princeton University from hacking away at NJT's…
Army Corps won’t expand export coal review
Testifying Tuesday, June 18, 2013 before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, an Army Corps of Engineers official said the agency would not expand its environmental review of coal being…
Obituary: Isabel H. Benham, 103
Isabel Hamilton Benham, who died May 18, 2013, at the age of 103, was a formidable and influential presence in railroad affairs on Wall Street for much of the 20th Century. She…
STB grants exemption for California HSR
The Surface Transportation Board granted an exemption for construction of 65 miles of California high speed railroad right-of-way between Merced and Fresno, Calif., on Thursday, June 13, 2013.
Court dismisses chemical industry rail safety suit
The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. has turned aside a challenge by chemical makers to a Federal Railroad Administration regulation involving the safety of chemical shipments and by…
Preservation: Amber past, or future-prep?
This opinion piece should start off updating some of the ongoing debate between champions of rail rights-of-way restoration for rail use, and those wanting those rights-of-way for hiking or biking…
AAR fires at NITL over forced switching proposal
Like a U.S. Navy destroyer unleashing all of its weapons simultaneously, the Association of American Railroads has launched a strongly worded attack on the National Industrial Transportation League’s proposal to…
STB sets final rules to aid mediation, arbitration
The Surface Transportation Board announced Monday, May 13, that it has adopted final mediation and arbitration rules that establish a new arbitration program under which shippers and railroads may agree…
For whom does the STB bell toll?
With the Obama nomination of Anthony Foxx to become the next transportation secretary, chatter now focuses on the successor to Frank Mulvey at the three-member Surface Transportation Board (STB).
STB says no to UP TIH petition
The Surface Transportation Board announced May 1 that it has denied Union Pacific’s (UP) petition requesting that the Board find reasonable certain UP tariff provisions requiring shippers of Toxic-by-Inhalation Hazardous…
Washington appeals court to hear railroad antitrust case
A multibillion-dollar antitrust suit alleging that four Class I railroads conspired to impose a uniform fuel surcharge on shippers will reach a crucial point on May 3, when a federal…
Anthony Foxx nominated as next USDOT Secretary
President Obama has nominated Charlotte, N.C., Mayor Anthony Foxx as the next U.S. Secretary of Transportation, to succeed Ray LaHood.
Moorman to Congressional freight panel: “An incredible incentive to support railroads everywhere”
The U.S. needs “fair and clear long-term policies that encourage continued investment in railroad infrastructure, technology, and sustainability initiatives,” Norfolk Southern CEO Wick Moorman told a federal panel on April…
STB: CHSRA falls under our purview
The Surface Transportation Board late Thursday said it “has jurisdiction over the California High-Speed Rail Authority's proposed construction of the California High-Speed Train System, including the approximately 65-mile section that…
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