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Liability shouldn’t threaten survival
Violent clashes often occur at the intersection of liability, ability to pay and the law. They follow train accidents that send victims and railroads to court as adversaries.
DOT on truck size and weight: We need more data
The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has released a series of technical reports on truck size and weight for peer review and public comment as a step toward the completion…
Industry leaders featured at Rail Insights conference
The first annual Rail Insights conference, which kicks off June 17 at the Millenium Knickerbocker Hotel in Chicago, will feature several prominent people in rail industry leadership positions who, with…
AAR expresses solidarity with Amtrak after congressional hearing
Following the June 2, 2015 oversight hearing of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee on Amtrak’s May 12 fatal derailment of Northeast Regional Train 188 (which according to many observers…
The wait for a new tank car specification is over. Now comes the “fun” part: Retrofits to older cars, and potentially onerous operating rules.
STB sets grain rate regulation hearing agenda
The Surface Transportation Board has announced the speakers for the Board’s June 10, 2015 public hearing, Rail Transportation of Grain, Rate Regulation Review, Docket No. EP 665 (Sub-No. 1), to…
House T&I hearing a litany of embarrassments
I watched the webcast of the June 2, 2015 U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure oversight hearing of the Amtrak accident in Philadelphia.
RSI-CTC launches litigation intervention effort
The Railway Supply Institute Committee on Tank Cars (RSI-CTC) says it has moved to intervene in pending litigation in three federal courts to support the U.S. Department of Transportation’s recently…
Crude By Rail Conference & Expo | Agenda
Conference Agenda Thursday, September 17 8:00 RegistrationContinental Breakfast | Sponsorship Available 9:00 Keynote AddressSarah Feinberg, Acting Administrator, Federal Railroad Administration…
If only . . . but wait . . .
I’ve been in France. I love being in France, a country that in the past 20 years has spent twice on its railways what it has spent on its roads.…
STB starts on-time performance NPRM; approves NS acquisition
The Surface Transportation Board announced on May 15, 2015 that it will begin a proceeding to define intercity passenger railroad on-time performance for purposes of Section 213 of the Passenger…
Shippers hoist by own petard at House hearing
Poor Mr. Dooley—Calvin, that is, president of the American Chemistry Council and not the fictional Mr. Dooley created during the late 19th century by humorist Finley Peter Dunne. The latter…
Rails to Congress, STB: “If in doubt, don’t”
Successful baseball pitchers learn to throw first-pitch strikes and stay aggressive in the strike zone when their team is in the lead. Life imitates baseball, meaning railroad spokespersons will serve…
Railroads free, leave us be!
Freedom from excessive regulation helped transform the freight railroads into the most cost effective of all transportation modes. There’s no reason to change that.
STB nominee reflects a shipper tilt
Paint former Surface Transportation Board (STB) Chairman Dan Elliott a darling of the National Industrial Transportation League (NITL), a shipper organization asking the STB to require—through so-called open access—that two…
Keystone boosters turfed from office in bitumen’s homeland
Prospects for the contentious Keystone XL pipeline proposed to connect Alberta’s northern tar sands with U.S. Gulf Coast refiners has endured another brutal body check, this time from the home…
Fiery crude oil train wreck in North Dakota
A BNSF crude oil unit train derailed near the small North Dakota town of Heimdal, at 7:30 a.m. CDT on May 6, 2015, resulting in explosions and fire.
Zarembski advising Pennsylvania on CBR risk mitigation
The State of Pennsylvania has hired Dr. Allan M. Zarembski to a three-month contract to assess the state freight rail network, which hosts 60-70 crude oil trains per week.
Industrial Railway Conference deemed a "huge success"
More than 170 delegates gathered on April 28-29, 2015 to listen to regulators, operators and business leaders discuss ways to collectively enhance safety within the industrial rail community.
DOT-117 tank car rule debuts with controversy
The final spec for the now-official DOT-117 (TC-117 in Canada) non-pressurized tank car adopts the most demanding of the technical requirements first offered for comment in the notice of rulemaking:…
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