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Train crews power mid-April employment gains
Figures released by the Surface Transportation Board show Class I railroad employment rose 0.31% in mid-April 2014, measured against a year earlier, and also advanced 0.81% from mid-March levels.
Deb Miller sworn in as STB member
The Surface Transportation Board said Monday, April 28, 2014, Deb Miller has been sworn in as the board's newest member. Miller's term runs through Dec. 31, 2017.
Class I employment registers modest monthly gain
Figures released by the Surface Transportation Board show total Class I railroad employment as of mid-March 2014 rose 0.40%, to 162,968, from the same period in February 2014, and registered…
AAR responds to service questions raised at STB hearing
Following an April 10, 2014 Surface Transportation Board hearing on railroad service issues, the Association of American Railroads issued a statement in response to questions that have been raised.
STB seeks input on rail revenue adequacy
The Surface Transportation Board announced Wednesday, April 2, 2014 that it is seeking written comments from the public in advance of a future public hearing "to explore both the Board's…
Shipper hypocrisy mocks regulatory history
A recurring and intractable thread tying together railroad history is that when the choice has been between economic liberty and government intrusion, selecting the latter has repetitively discouraged capital investment,…
Employment gains over year, previous month
Compiled figures released by the Surface Transportation Board show Class I railroads employed 162,316 people in mid-February, up 0.05% from February 2013, and also up 0.02, or 30 employees, from…
House T&I to STB: Look before you leap
On March 25-26, 2014, the Surface Transportation Board (STB) will hold a public hearing on a petition by the National Industrial Transportation League (NITL) to modify STB’s standards for mandatory…
Train and engine crews push January employment up
Compiled figures released Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 by the Surface Transportation Board show Class I railroads employed 162,286 people in mid-January, up a modest 0.15% from January 2013, but down…
STB sets hearing on competitive switching rules
The Surface Transportation Board announced Monday, Feb. 3, 2014 that it will hold a public hearing on March 25-26, 2014 "in Petition for Rulemaking to Adopt Revised Competitive Switching Rules,…
December employment rises from a year ago
Compiled figures released this week by the Surface Transportation Board show Class I railroads employed 162,810 people in mid-December, up a scant 0.10% from December 2012, but down 0.24% from…
2014: Railroads face problematic Washington landscape
Take it from an iron horse’s mouth that if it ain’t one damn thing, it’s another, and 2014 will present for railroads a repast of challenges on Capitol Hill, before…
Fresno group files CHSRA support statement
A "support statement" filed with the Surface Transportation Board by Fresno Works, dated Dec. 20, 2013, urges STB to "expeditiously grant the petition for exemption" for construction of high speed…
STB solicits comment on grain rates
The Surface Transportation Board announced Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 it "invites public comment on how to ensure the Board's rate complaint procedures are accessible to grain shippers and provide effective…
October rail employment up over year ago
Compiled figures released this week by the Surface Transportation Board show Class I railroads employed 103,103 people in mid-October, up 0.41% from October 2012, but down 134 people, or 0.08%,…
September rail employment up over year ago
Figures released Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, by the Surface Transportation Board show Class I railroads employed 163,237 people in mid-September, up 1.23% from September 2012, but down 183 people, or…
Mule Sidetracks eyes Ohio R-O-W buy
Right-of-way used by Ohio short line Youngstown & Southern Railroad (Y&SR), currently owned by the Columbiana County Port Authority (CCPA), may soon be sold to Mule Sidetracks LLC, a noncarrier,…
STB: UP, NS revenue-adequate for 2012
The U.S. Surface Transportation Board on Oct. 17, 2013 released its findings on U.S. Class I railroad revenue adequacy for 2012, and found that only two carriers—Union Pacific and Norfolk…
STB nominee Miller: A fresh perspective
Any notion that Debra (Deb) Miller, President Obama's nominee to succeed Frank Mulvey at the Surface Transportation Board, is a gullible "Dorothy from Kansas" should be ditched chop-chop.
Employment up year-over-year, slips from July
Figures released by the Surface Transportation Board show Class I railroads employed 163,420 people in mid-August, up 0.45% from August 2012, but down 536 people, or 0.33%, from the previous…
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