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STB rejects Texas Central petition
The Surface Transportation Board announced on July 18 that a proposed, 240-mile, high-speed rail line between Dallas and Houston, Tex., does not fall under STB jurisdiction and does not require…
STB initiates proceeding to expedite rate cases
The Surface Transportation Board (STB) issued an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) on June 15, 2016 outlining measures to expedite its handling of rate cases.
STB proposing revised arbitration procedures
The Surface Transportation Board is proposing to amend existing procedures for the arbitration of disputes before the Board to make those procedures conform to statutory requirements of the Surface Transportation…
STB railroad carload and tonnage data, by state
Now available from the Surface Transportation Board Office of Economics is a report providing annual carload and corresponding tonnage data for freight railroad transportation either originating, terminating, or traversing each…
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…
Makeover crucial for dereg defense
For those sheltering railroads against assaults on regulatory freedoms, the 1980 Staggers Rail Act (Staggers) is considered sacrosanct.
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…
CP files definitive proxy statement for NS shareholder resolution
Canadian Pacific on March 29, 2016 filed its definitive proxy statement for its Norfolk Southern Corp. (NS) shareholder resolution asking NS’ Board of Directors to engage in good faith discussions…
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.”
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