Regulatory

The Surface Transportation Board announced that it will hold a public hearing March 22 “to explore the impact of the Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. acquisition of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe…
Markup by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Thursday of its version of surface transportation reauthorization legislation, H.R. 7, included a 33-to-22 vote to remove bigger truck language from the…
The Federal Transit Administration Monday gave the city of Milwaukee environmental approval for an initial streetcar line. City Engineer Jeff Polenske said FTA had issued a “finding of no significant…
The Railway Supply Institute said Friday that the “House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is set to vote on SAFETEA-LU reauthorization legislation as early as next Thursday, February 2, and that…
Union Pacific Railroad employees achieved a record low 1.15 reportable injury rate in 2011, the best performance on record in the company's 150-year history, according to a UP announcement Tuesday.
The 1.7-mile Central Subway sought by San Francisco has received a “letter of non-prejudice” from the U.S. Department of Transportation, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee says. The move clears the…
Registration is now open for this year’s Railroad Day on Capitol Hill, set for Thursday, March 8. Attendance is open to all Class I, II, and III railroad personnel, shippers,…
On Jan. 3 the Railway Supply Institute noted a lobbying effort by the trucking industry could encourage Congress to increase truck sizes and/or truck weight on the nation's roadways in…
From a flood of nominations, the Surface Transportation Board has selected seven new appointees to serve on the Railroad-Shipper Transportation Advisory Council. RSTAC, which consists of 15 senior officers from…
If there is one thing I've learned in my 23 years in the railway supply industry, it's that we are an optimistic bunch. Deal us a series of hardships and…
Strong earnings spur railroads to build capacity and productivity. If one word could define the thrust of railroad capital spending on improvements, it would be "growth"—growth in capacity, growth in…
With all due respect to Denzel Washington and Chris Pine, the railroad stocks may be the things that are unstoppable and not just the exaggerated Hollywood freight train story.
Transportation in 2011 will be a casualty in the war between Republicans and Democrats. Transportation projects are expensive and Congress in the past has committed huge sums to highway construction…
Subway or surface rail? Core city growth or regional approach? Political posturing aside, Canada's largest city is counting on passenger rail for its future health and growth.
The Surface Transportation Board announced Wednesday that it had awarded an estimated $63 million in reparations and rate reductions to the Arizona Electric Power Cooperative in a decision that grants…
The Surface Transportation Board issued a decision Tuesday denying a petition of the Western Coal Traffic League (WCTL) asking the Board to institute mediation on a new coal dust tariff…
The economic downturn brought a great deal of hardship to carriers across the supply chain. Many shippers took the opportunity to re-bid their trucking contracts out of cycle, placing even…
Rail shipper and carrier executives convened in San Francisco recently for the annual North American Rail Shippers Association meeting. Despite the anti-rail rhetoric of a minority of rail customers—who were…
Ever since Warren Buffett gave his blessing to railroads by buying one, financial analysts and pundits have been examining this 175-year-old industry for clues to its re-emergence as a savvy…
Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) and Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) have introduced House and Senate versions of the Safe Highways and Infrastructure Preservation Act, which would freeze national truck size and…
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