Short Lines & Regionals

How Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal Impacts Rail, Transit

The U.S. Senate has voted 67-32 to consider a nearly $1 trillion national infrastructure package, following a compromise by President Joe Biden and a bipartisan group of senators on key provisions, including $39 billion for public transit and $66 billion for passenger and freight rail.

Rail Labor Ordered to Negotiate Crew Size

July 29, 2021, FRANK N. WILNER, reporting from Washington D.C. (Copyright© 2021, Railway Age): Another step in a lengthy, tortuous and torturous slog toward reducing—where efficient and safe—train crew size to just one locomotive engineer was achieved by three Class I railroads July 28 with the finalizing of four binding arbitration awards.

DeFazio to STB: Reject CN/KCS Voting Trust

Nearly one month after the Surface Transportation Board’s June 28 deadline for submitting comments on CN and Kansas City Southern’s merger voting trust application, letters continue to be filed and added to the docket. One such letter, filed July 26, comes from House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chair Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), who opposes it.