Regulatory

The Surface Transportation Board is proposing to amend existing procedures for the arbitration of disputes before the Board to make those procedures conform to statutory requirements of the Surface Transportation…
On May 18, 2016, the California High-Speed Rail Authority announced amendments to its grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, the first amendment to the grant…
Executive Summary: After one year of investigation, the National Transportation Safety Board has determined that the cause of the fatal derailment of Amtrak train 188 at Frankford Junction is exactly…
Now available from the Surface Transportation Board Office of Economics is a report providing annual carload and corresponding tonnage data for freight railroad transportation either originating, terminating, or traversing each…
The National Transportation Safety Board has determined that the engineer of Amtrak Northeast Regional train no. 188 was likely distracted by radio traffic about an emergency situation on a Southeastern…
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) published the final environmental document on the Southwest Light Rail Transit Project (Metro Green Line Extension) in Minneapolis-St. Paul, marking a major step closer to…
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has denied and halted the permitting process for the $700 million Gateway Pacific Terminal project in Washington State because of objections by the Native…
In a rarity in Congress, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the Railroad Emergency Services Preparedness, Operational Needs, and Safety Evaluation (RESPONSE) Act on May 11, 2016.
National Transportation Policy mandates that railroads be managed efficiently. While railroad performance is reflective of improvement, some railroads excel, with the reasons increasingly under digital scrutiny by activist money managers…
Both the California High-Speed Rail Authority and its federal partner, the Federal Railroad Administration, initiated the environmental review process for the project's northern section: the 51-mile line between San Francisco…
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) on May 7, 2016 issued an “urgent safety directive” to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) just one day after the agency released a…
The Federal Aviation Administration opened public comments on May 3, 2016 for a proposed funding change that could benefit passenger rail development around airports.
Now that I have your attention, I’ll say it again: The last thing the North American railroad industry needs for the foreseeable future is the long-talked-about “final round of mergers,”…
Cover story from the May 2016 issue of Railway Age: Norfolk Southern has been looking over its shoulder for almost a year. Now, it can focus its attention ahead.
In a curious role reversal, Canada’s former Minister of Transport, now opposition politician Lisa Raitt, has revealed that the Canadian government quietly paid C$75 million toward compensation for victims of…
The California Air Resource Board (CARB) on April 26, 2016 published its draft Technology Assessment: Freight Locomotives and is seeking public comment.
Aurora, Ill., voted no on one of the more contentious railroad issues of our automated times:  Should freight trains be allowed to operate with one-person crews, with technology taking the…
Cowen and Company Managing Director and Railway Age Wall Street Contributing Editor Jason Seidl returned from attending the April 26-28, 2016 North East Association of Rail Shippers (NEARS) Spring Conference…
At the MBTA Fiscal Management and Control Board meeting, which took place on April 25, 2016, Keolis presented a new proposal for fare collection that would dramatically reduce fare evasion…
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal on April 26, 2016 signed S.B. 369, a landmark bill that empowers the City of Atlanta to hold a fall ballot referendum asking voters to support…
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