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Sen. Durbin emerging as STB chairman's nemesis
"Tawdry," is how one Washington transportation attorney describes the self-interest assaults by powerful congressional lawmakers on federal regulatory agency officials.
STB requiring weekly Class I service performance reports
The U.S. Surface Transportation Board announced Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014 that it is requiring all Class I railroads to publicly file weekly data reports regarding service performance “to promote industry-wide…
STB extends TTX pooling authority
TTX Co. said the Surface Transportation Board has approved a five-year extension of TTX's pooling authority governing all types of flatcars, including those that handle intermodal traffic, finished automobiles, and…
Is FRA’s Szabo headed to the STB?
Joe Szabo, the former union boss and now embattled Federal Railroad Administrator, may be on his way out—to another federal railroad regulatory agency, actually, if rumors involving his former Chicago…
STB awards contract for rate regulation options
The Surface Transportation Board said it has awarded a contract to InterVISTAS Consulting LLC (InterVISTAS) "to conduct an independent analysis that evaluates potential alternative rate regulation approaches, with the goal…
STB backs short line on propane terminal
The Surface Transportation Board on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, ruled in favor of a short line railroad seeking to build a propane storage facility in North Grafton, Mass., against the…
Class I employment grows during August
Figures released by the Surface Transportation Board show total Class I railroad employment as of mid-August 2014 rose 2.8% to 167, 988, from mid-August 2013, and also added 850 positions…
Senate odd fellows unite to pack STB
An Iraqi proverb reads, “Show them death and they will accept a fever.”
AAR: Senate STB bill would harm rail investment
The Association of American Railroads (AAR) said Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014 it is concerned "over the Surface Transportation Board (STB) Reauthorization Bill (S.2777), scheduled to be marked up in the…
Amtrak to STB: Investigate CN
Amtrak on Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, made clear in part its frustration over its own on-time performance by calling on the Surface Transportation Board to look into the matter, specifically…
CN, airport authority ready rail relocation plan
Work to reposition rail right-of-way near Gary/Chicago International Airport, Ind., to allow for a runway extension, could begin in October, airport officials said Monday, Aug. 25, 2014.
Class I employment gains again in July
Figures released by the Surface Transportation Board show total Class I railroad employment as of mid-July 2014 rose 1.94% to 167, 138, from mid-July 2013, and also added 99 positions…
STB summons CP, BNSF to service hearing
The Surface Transportation Board late Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, announced it will hold a public field hearing on Sept. 4, 2014 "to provide interested persons and parties the opportunity to…
Harris County MTA eyes UP right-of-way
Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Tex, (Houston's METRO) has filed a motion with the Surface Transportation Board to formally acquire nearly 58 miles of right-of-way from Union Pacific Railroad…
STB backs CHSRA second segment
The Surface Transportation Board has ruled that the California High-Speed Rail Authority "is authorized to construct a 114-mile high-speed passenger rail line between Fresno and Bakersfield, Cal., subject to environmental…
STB sets 2013 railroad cost of capital at 11.32%
The Surface Transportation Board on July 31, 2014 issued its decision calculating the railroad industry’s after-tax cost of capital for 2013 as 11.32%, a slight increase over 2012’s 11.12%. The…
Class I employment rises in June
Figures released by the Surface Transportation Board show total Class I railroad employment as of mid-June 2014 rose 1.02%, to 166,139, from June 2013, and also gained modestly previous month,…
STB's newest: Status quo beware
Moving homogeneous electrons through wires, or freight in trucks over publicly financed highways, is hardly akin to moving cargo over privately owned and maintained railroads.
AAR to STB: Market forces aid grain shippers
In a 24-page submission to the Surface Transportation Board dated Thursday, June 26, 2014, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) responded to STB's request "seeking input on the Board's rate…
STB to Class I’s: File grain order plans
The Surface Transportation Board is requiring Canadian Pacific and BNSF “to publicly file their plans to timely resolve their backlogs of grain car orders, as well as weekly status reports…
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