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A new regulatory rat hole worth watching
News item: Executive Order No. 13725, issued April 15 by President Obama, and published in the April 20 Federal Register, mandates that Executive Branch federal agencies take specific actions to promote competition.
CSX replies in STB investigation of Amtrak on-time performance
In a letter to the Surface Transportation Board filed April 13, 2016, CSX contends that “giving Amtrak trains absolute priority over the old RF&P (Washington-Richmond right-of-way) upends commuter train operations,…
DOJ, DOD oppose CP-NS combination
The Surface Transportation Board, in seeking comments addressing Canadian Pacific’s petition for an expedited declaratory order, has received letters from the U.S. Department of Justice and the Department of Defense-United…
STB seeks comment on proposed revocation of commodity exemptions
The Surface Transportation Board on March 23, 2016 announced that it is seeking public comment on its proposal to revoke existing class exemptions from railroad-transportation regulations for certain commodities. This…
STB: Let's chat about rate cases
The Surface Transportation Board will hold what it’s calling “informal meetings with stakeholders” during April 2016 “to explore and discuss ideas to expedite rate reasonableness cases.”
CP+NS: STB declaratory order proceedings under way
On March 10, 2016, the Surface Transportation Board issued a decision, Docket No. FD 36004, “Canadian Pacific Railway Limited—Petition for Expedited Declaratory Order,” responding to CP’s March 2 petition, and…
STB revises SAC case procedural schedule
Railroad rate complaints that come before the Surface Transportation Board for handling under SAC (Stand-Alone Cost) case handling will be subject to “expeditious handling”—a decision rendered in no more than…
CP will seek STB declaratory order
Canadian Pacific on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016 announced it will seek a declaratory order from the U.S. Surface Transportation Board (STB) “confirming the viability of the voting trust structure that…
The year ahead in Washington
Washington is a rat hole worth watching because, as the politically savvy know, lawmakers and regulators can inflict unexpected, unprovoked and unjustified wounds.
Amtrak to STB: Intermediate stops count
In comments filed with the Surface Transportation Board’s Ex Parte 726, Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on On-Time Performance under Section 213 of the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008…
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