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Amtrak’s vision must navigate the money trap
A mark, a yen, a buck, a pound, money makes the world go round. (Yes, lyrics from the musical, Cabaret.) But money is a scarce commodity, especially for Amtrak, which…
AAR fires at NITL over forced switching proposal
Like a U.S. Navy destroyer unleashing all of its weapons simultaneously, the Association of American Railroads has launched a strongly worded attack on the National Industrial Transportation League’s proposal to…
April employment gains over year, previous month
Figures released Tuesday, May 21, by the Surface Transportation Board show Class I railroads employed 163,775 people in mid-April, up 1.11% from April 2012, and up 716 people, or 0.44%,…
STB sets final rules to aid mediation, arbitration
The Surface Transportation Board announced Monday, May 13, that it has adopted final mediation and arbitration rules that establish a new arbitration program under which shippers and railroads may agree…
For whom does the STB bell toll?
With the Obama nomination of Anthony Foxx to become the next transportation secretary, chatter now focuses on the successor to Frank Mulvey at the three-member Surface Transportation Board (STB).
STB says no to UP TIH petition
The Surface Transportation Board announced May 1 that it has denied Union Pacific’s (UP) petition requesting that the Board find reasonable certain UP tariff provisions requiring shippers of Toxic-by-Inhalation Hazardous…
March employment gains over year, previous month
Figures released Monday by the Surface Transportation Board show Class I railroads employed 163,059 people in mid-March, up 0.66% from March 2012, and up 831 people, or 0.51% from last…
Thank you, Betsy Morris (and the WSJ, too)
The Wall Street Journal has done a brilliant job of, as our Senior Consulting Editor Luther Miller likes to say, “making the obvious less obscure.”
February employment up from year ago, and from January
Figures released Tuesday by the Surface Transportation Board show Class I railroads employed 162,228 people in mid-February, up 0.90% from February 2012, and up a modest 0.11% from last January.
AAR pans STB review of coal rail rates
The Association of American Railroads Wednesday took issue with a decision by the Surface Transportation Board, issued Tuesday, "not to factor into their review of coal rail rates product and…
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