Regulatory

Transport Canada’s new Railway Operating Certificate (ROC), which comes into effect Jan. 1 2015, adds one simple form to the pile of paperwork required to run trains, but gives the…
Now even the promoter of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline is boosting the benefits of crude-by-rail (CBR) over pipelines.
The City of Milwaukee on Monday, Nov. 17, 2014 filed suit against the Wisconsin Public Service Commission (PSC), challenging PSC's decision last month to make the city pay for any…
Amtrak has filed a complaint with the U.S. Surface Transportation Board against Norfolk Southern and CSX over substandard on-time performance of the Washington D.C.-Chicago Capitol Limited, which operates over right-of-way…
A suit filed in federal court seeks to block CSX from improving and expanding its Virginia Avenue Tunnel in Washington, D.C.
President Obama announced his intention Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014, to renominate Daniel Ellliot III to the Surface Transportation Board for another term, and upon appointment assume the role of STB…
What does Senate Republican control and the largest House Republican majority since the 1940s mean for railroad reregulation, Amtrak’s future, high- and higher-speed rail, transit funding, Positive Train Control (PTC),…
Federal Railroad Administrator Joseph C. Szabo will be stepping down from the post he has held since April 2009 and, effective Jan. 1, 2015, will be on staff at the…
Let’s continue with my comments from Part 1 and Part 2 on the Oct. 28, 2014 National Transportation Safety Board press conference regarding NTSB’s determination of the causes of five…
I forced myself to review every miserable second of the Oct. 28, 2014 NTSB press conference regarding NTSB’s determination of the causes of five accidents on Metro-North Railway (MNR), for…
I never thought I would find myself in the position of defending the Federal Railroad Administration, at least from anyone other than the Ayn Rand-Alan Greenspan-Phil Gramm-Rush Limbaugh types out…
The National Transporation Safety Board (NTSB) on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, publicly identified several recurring safety issues plaguing Metro-North Railroad in past years, including inadequate and ineffective track inspection and…
After a train crash of criticism by Canada's Transportation Safety Board and the country's auditor-general, Transport Canada is softly moderating its three-wise-monkeys approach to railway regulation.
Florida's Canaveral Port Authority (CPA) has petitioned the Surface Transportation Board for permission to "construct and operate approximately 11 miles of new rail line to Port Canaveral (Port) in Brevard…
Unraveling the knot restricting rail network fluidity cannot be achieved through Surface Transportation Board (STB) intimidation of rail CEOs, or by the agency's issuance of an emergency service order instructing…
The Western Coal Traffic League (WCTL) has petitioned the Surface Transportation Board to "require BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) to submit to the Board a coal-specific service recovery plan, and for…
During third-quarter 2014 earnings presentations, two Class I CEOs with considerable experience in mega-mergers expressed opposing viewpoints on the merits of a final round of railroad mergers that would presumably…
National Railway Equipment Co., headquartered in Mount Vernon, Ill., has completed transfer of the company to the newly formed NRE–Global Holdings Inc. (NRE), an Employee Stock Ownership Trust (ESOP). As…
Breaking its relative silence, Canadian Pacific Railway announced Oct. 20, 2014 that it is no longer pursuing CSX as a merger partner. “Exploratory conversations held with CSX Corp. about a…
The Surface Transportation Board, in a decision dated Oct. 14, 2014 (Docket No. EP 724, “United States Rail Service Issues,” has asked Canadian Pacific Railway to “answer specific questions to…
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