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AAR spurns Senate antitrust bill
The Association of American Railroads late Thursday voiced strong objetction to introduction of the Railroad Antitrust Enforcement Act, earlier in the day, by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Sen. David…
AAR pans STB review of coal rail rates
The Association of American Railroads Wednesday took issue with a decision by the Surface Transportation Board, issued Tuesday, "not to factor into their review of coal rail rates product and…
Keep railroads FREE to keep the economy moving
Congress, collectively, has “forgotten” the dark days of rail regulation and its own move to address it. That’s a threat to rail’s long-term viability.
Industry marks Railroad Day on Capitol Hill
Rail industry representatives spanning freight and passenger railroads, along with industry suppliers, labor groups, supportive state and local political officials, and rail activists were out in force on and around…
AAR to Congress: Freight rail spurs growth
Association of American Railroad (AAR) President and CEO Edward R. Hamberger Tuesday told the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee's railroads, pipelines and hazardous materials subcommittee that the nation's freight railroads…
AAR spurns NITL's mandatory switching proposal
A statement released Friday by the Association of American Railroads commented unfavorably on a proposal by the National Industrial Transportation League (NITL) for mandatory switching, which AAR asserted "would harm…
Shippers ask STB to deliver a free lunch
The National Industrial Transportation League (NITL) and the American Chemistry Council (ACC) want the Surface Transportation Board to annul market forces and require that at least two Class I railroads…
Eastern Region Rail Crossing Conference set
The New England Railroad Club and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation will hold the 2013 Eastern Region Highway-Rail Crossing Safety Conference and Expo at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass.,…
FRA's Szabo: Safety gains keep on coming
Federal Railroad Administrator Joseph Szabo addressed the Railway Age/Parsons Transportation Group International Conference on Communications-Based Train Control on Feb. 5. He spoke about rail's growing role in moving people and…
Chemical companies keep up doubletalk
The American Chemistry Council (ACC) has battled with railroads over rates and service on and off ever since the Staggers Rail Act of 1980 was enacted.
House committee eyes rail safety, hazmat issues
Reauthorized rail safety legislation the implementation of two new laws on pipeline safety and hazardous materials safety are on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee's agenda in 2013, according to…
OSHA: BNSF signs employee practices accord
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 completes short line sales
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…
The supply side: We’re always dodging rain clouds
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…
CN blasts rail regulation legislation
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…
DeMint departure resets reregulation game
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.
House reps seek hearing on Conrail accident
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,…
AAR to STB: Consider nat gas competition for coal rate cases
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…
Morgan Stanley: “Few new risks" from D.C.
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.”
STB takes new look at "paper barriers"
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.
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