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ASLRRA: BRACE Act achieves majority support
The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) announced October 4 that the current bi-cameral Building Rail Access for Customers and the Economy (BRACE) Act (S. 2595) (H.R. 4626)…
NTSB: Event recorder not functioning
An Oct. 3 National Transportation Safety Board update on the Sept. 29 crash of NJ Transit Pascack Valley Line train #1614 into the platform of the Hoboken Terminal has revealed…
Suppliers to Congress: STB shooting first, asking questions later
The industry groundswell attacking the Surface Transportation Board’s pending actions on forced access and commodity reregulation has grown to include the railway supply community, including the three principal trade associations…
STB finalizes arbitration rules
The Surface Transportation Board announced September 30 that it is adopting final rules to modify its arbitration procedures in accordance with the requirements of the Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act…
Preventing, not chasing, the ambulance
The Sept. 29th NJ Transit accident in Hoboken will, of courser, trigger another round of the now-usual “how could its,” “should nevers,” “told yous,” “failure to properly regulates,” “lack of…
AAR to Congress: STB is over-reaching
On the offensive following the Surface Transportation Board’s recent flurry of activity on multiple proposed regulations, the Association of American Railroads wrote to leaders of the Senate Commerce Committee and…
Redefining medical fitness for duty
FRA-regulated railroads are the only U.S. transportation mode that do not have comprehensive, federally mandated medical fitness-for-duty standards and monitoring protocols. Only vision and hearing are covered by FRA regulations.…
AAR to STB: Policy "fixes" are bad policy
The Surface Transportation Board (STB or Board) on Sept. 22 released an independent study it commissioned from InterVISTAS Consulting LLC that examined the STB’s approach to freight rail rate regulation…
STB releases SAC rate reasonableness methodology study
A Surface Transportation Board study on the Board’s SAC (stand-alone cost) rate reasonableness methodology is complete and can be downloaded at the link below.
Watco taps HTI for PTC
Herzog Technologies, Inc. (HTI) has entered into a contract with short line holding company Watco Companies, LLC to provide PTC (positive train control) program management and back office hosting services.
CP urges TSB to do more with LVVR
Canadian Pacific joined the Canadian Transportation Safety Board (TSB), which released a study on September 19, in reiterating support for the Minister of Transport to implement Locomotive Voice and Video…
Expanded random drug testing, of course—with a few changes
Federal Railroad Administration data says the percentage of rail workers who tested positive in random drug tests increased to 0.53% in 2015 from 0.37% in 2014, following five years of…
Change thy bookmarks: STB's new website
The Surface Transportation Board is advising the public of an upcoming change to its Internet website address.
Greenbrier launches Regulatory Services Group
The Greenbrier Companies announced Sept. 8, 2016 that its subsidiary, Greenbrier Management Services LLC (GMS) has expanded its railcar asset management business with the launch of a new Regulatory Services…
STB: Four Class I's revenue-adequate in 2015
The Surface Transportation Board (STB) on Sept. 8, 2016 announced its annual determination of revenue adequacy for U.S. Class I freight railroads for 2015. Of the "Big Seven" (five U.S.…
Elliott to Congress: Revenue adequacy will have to wait
In a Sept. 1, 2016 monthly progress report letter to the Senate Commerce Committee, House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, Senate and House transportation appropriations committees and all relevant subcommittees, Surface…
Hillary and Trump, are you paying attention to us?
Hey, Mr. Trump! Yeah you! The guy with the odd orange hairdo. You interested in supporting an American industry that invests billions of private capital, building worthwhile things, instead of…
STB dysfunction menaces revenue adequacy
If you think a theater of the absurd is limited to presidential candidates less popular than the Grinch who stole Christmas, you’re missing Surface Transportation Board (STB) dysfunction where Chairman…
DeLafosse joins Salco
Salco Products, Inc announced on Sept. 1, 2016 that Tom DeLafosse has joined the company as Vice President of Engineering and Technical Consulting services.
FTA guiding Buy America requirements from 60% to 70%
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) on Sept. 1, 2016 issued its final Buy America policy guidance advising transit agencies and transit vehicle manufacturers how to implement a phased increase in…
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