Regulatory

The images are stark and disturbing: Freight cars rocking and rolling down a rickety right-of-way. Derailed equipment. Loose rail joints. Soggy, cracked ties.

Railroad officers attending the JP Morgan Transportation conference in New York Wednesday expressed optimism that the slide in railroad traffic has been arrested, but in their presentations expressed deepening concern that re-regulation sentiment is growing in Congress and could slow railroad recovery.

--> Railroad officers attending the JP Morgan Transportation conference in New York Wednesday expressed optimism that the slide in railroad traffic has been arrested, but in their presentations expressed deepening concern…

Christine Barney, a former Federal Trade Commissioner who has been nominated by President Obama to be the chief antitrust enforcement officer at the Department of Justice, thinks legislation to take away the railroads' remaining antitrust exemptions is "terrific."

--> Christine Barney, a former Federal Trade Commissioner who has been nominated by President Obama to be the chief antitrust enforcement officer at the Department of Justice, thinks legislation to take…

Montana House Bill 422, advanced by those seeking to weigh down short line Tongue River Railroad’s efforts to extend its right-of-way to coal deposits, has stalled. The bill, backed by some state landowners and by environmentalists, seeks to make eminent domain procedures more difficult.

--> Montana House Bill 422, advanced by those seeking to weigh down short line Tongue River Railroad’s efforts to extend its right-of-way to coal deposits, has stalled. The bill, backed by…

The Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM), in partnership with the Providence & Worcester (P&W) Railroad, will install auxiliary power units on 17 locomotives built between 1969 and 1988. Designed to reduce unnecessary idling, the new units will cut  the amount of particulate matter (PM) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) released into the air. Reducing fuel consumption will also reduce carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 1,700 tons per year.

--> The Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM), in partnership with the Providence & Worcester (P&W) Railroad, will install auxiliary power units on 17 locomotives built between 1969 and…
The Surface Transportation Board announced March 10 that it has instituted a proceeding responding to a Union Pacific request that the board "determine the extent of the common carrier obligation…

The Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday reported a bill aimed at eliminating the railroads' limited antitrust exemption. The Association of American Railroads said the effort "could alter economic oversight of the railroads."

--> The Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday reported a bill aimed at eliminating the railroads' limited antitrust exemption. The Association of American Railroads said the effort "could alter economic oversight of the…

Canadian Pacific subsidiary Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern Railroad can proceed with a $6 billion plan to extend rail right-of-way 262 miles west of Wall, S.D., to Wyoming’s Powder River Basin coal fields, the South Dakota Transportation Commission ruled Wednesday.

--> Canadian Pacific subsidiary Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern Railroad can proceed with a $6 billion plan to extend rail right-of-way 262 miles west of Wall, S.D., to Wyoming’s Powder River Basin…

Canadian National and West Chicago, Ill., have come to terms on CN’s operations over the Elgin, Joliet & Eastern Railway, which CN acquired in January. West Chicago will accept CN’s commitment to $1.8 billion in improvements on the line to reduce the impact of the anticipated frequency increase on the EJ&E.

--> Canadian National and West Chicago, Ill., have come to terms on CN’s operations over the Elgin, Joliet & Eastern Railway, which CN acquired in January. West Chicago will accept CN’s…
In a ruling March 2, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago affirmed an earlier decision by a federal court judge in Milwaukee, rejecting a claim by We Energies that Union Pacific overcharged it $23 million for coal deliveries to its Wisconsin power plants. Milwaukee-based We Energies is UP’s largest customer in the Badger State.

--> In a ruling March 2, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago affirmed an earlier decision by a federal court judge in Milwaukee, rejecting a claim by We Energies…

Canadian National has filed an appeal in U.S. federal court challenging a mandate issued by the Surface Transportation Board that it pay the majority of costs for two rail crossing upgrades on the Elgin, Joliet & Eastern Railway Co., which it acquired in January for $300 million.

--> Canadian National has filed an appeal in U.S. federal court challenging a mandate issued by the Surface Transportation Board that it pay the majority of costs for two rail crossing…
The Surface Transportation Board has reversed a prior decision in longstanding litigation between BNSF Railway and Western Fuels/Laramie River, ruling that BNSF’s rates for a short-haul coal movement out of…

Mexico’s Federal Competition Commission (Cofeco) has fined two domestic rail companies a total of $27 million for monopolistic practices, according to Mexico City-based Reforma.com.

--> Mexico’s Federal Competition Commission (Cofeco) has fined two domestic rail companies a total of $27 million for monopolistic practices, according to Mexico City-based Reforma.com.
The Surface Transportation Board has issued a final decision on its method for calculating the railroad industry's cost of capital. STB has adopted a simple average of a Capital Asset…
From the Association of American Railroads has come a sharp rebuttal to charges that that the railroads are "abusing shippers." It came in response to an editorial that appeared Dec.…
The railroads will help the U.S. economy recover—if Congress doesn’t hinder them. Throughout a distressing 2009, many analysts and economists, and not a few ordinary citizens, searched for any signs…
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