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Can Sen. Thune mediate a rail/shipper cease-fire?
Could it be that Republicans in control of Congress might facilitate an end to three decades of productivity sapping legislative fisticuffs between railroads and self-proclaimed captive shippers over an appropriate…
STB Chairman Dan Elliott: A Wile E. Coyote existence
Surface Transportation Board (STB) Chairman Dan Elliott, recently remarried and frantic over pending Senate confirmation to a second five-year term, is proving to have more lives than cartoon character Wile…
Amtrak files complaint with STB over Capitol Limited performance
Amtrak has filed a complaint with the U.S. Surface Transportation Board against Norfolk Southern and CSX over substandard on-time performance of the Washington D.C.-Chicago Capitol Limited, which operates over right-of-way…
Class I CEOs diverge on the merits of mergers
During third-quarter 2014 earnings presentations, two Class I CEOs with considerable experience in mega-mergers expressed opposing viewpoints on the merits of a final round of railroad mergers that would presumably…
STB asks CP to “clear ambiguities”
The Surface Transportation Board, in a decision dated Oct. 14, 2014 (Docket No. EP 724, “United States Rail Service Issues,” has asked Canadian Pacific Railway to “answer specific questions to…
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…
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…
Senate odd fellows unite to pack STB
An Iraqi proverb reads, “Show them death and they will accept a fever.”
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 registers gains
Figures released by the Surface Transportation Board on June 17, 2014 show Class I total railroad employment rose 1.13% to 166,097 in mid-May 2014, measured against mid-May 2013, and was…
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.
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…
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…
STB decision upholds federal preemption of state statutes
The Surface Transportation Board has ruled that claims filed against Norfolk Southern in certain Virginia state court lawsuits are preempted by federal law. STB, in “NORFOLK SOUTHERN RAILWAY COMPANY—PETITION FOR…
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…
Train and engine crew employment climbs in July
Employment figures released by the Surface Transportation Board for July 2013 show that Class I railroads employed 163,956 people, up 1.20% from July 2012, though down 0.31%, from the previous…
STB adopts final PTC expenses and investments reporting rules
On Aug. 14, 2013, the Surface Transportation Board adopted final rules for the reporting of positive train control (PTC) expenses and investments for Class I railroads.
STB schedules hearing on mandatory competitive switching
The Surface Transportation Board has scheduled an Oct. 22, 2013 public hearing to explore issues surrounding the National Industrial Transportation League (NITL) petition to modify the Board’s standards for mandatory…
Rail cost of capital fell slightly in 2012
The Surface Transportation Board announced Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, that it has determined that the rail industry’s after-tax cost of capital was 11.11%. Last year, the cost of capital was…
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