STB Issues Draft EA for UP’s Proposed Arizona Line

The Surface Transportation Board’s (STB) Office of Environmental Analysis (OEA) on May 31 released a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for Union Pacific’s (UP) proposed new six-mile single-track rail line in Mesa, Ariz. It analyzes the potential environmental and historic impacts of the line, which would link UP’s Phoenix Subdivision main line to industrial properties southeast of the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.

GRR received Honorable Mention in Railway Age’s 2021 Short Line and Regional Railroad Awards program.

GRR Enters Asset Purchase Agreement

The Surface Transportation Board (STB) on May 25 granted Grenada Railroad LLC’s (GRR) request for a partial waiver of a 60-day advance notice requirement, allowing the short line to enter into an asset purchase agreement and operate approximately 228 miles of rail line in Mississippi on or after May 28, 2023.

"These proposed updates enhance FTA’s safety framework, as future safety-related rules, regulations, and guidance will be informed by the National Public Transportation Safety Plan,” said FTA Administrator Nuria Fernandez.

FTA Seeks Comment on Updated National Public Transportation Safety Plan

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) on May 31 released an updated version of the National Public Transportation Safety Plan and is encouraging the public to submit comments on the proposed changes.

Under FRA’s proposed rule for dispatcher certification, railroads would be required to have “formal processes for training prospective dispatchers, as well as verifying that each dispatcher has the requisite knowledge, skills, safety record, and abilities to safely perform all of the safety-related dispatcher duties mandated by federal laws and regulations, prior to certification.” (Union Pacific Photograph)

FRA Eyes Dispatcher, Signal Employee Certification

Freight railroads, Amtrak and commuter railroads would be required to develop certification programs for network dispatchers and signal employees under new Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) proposals.

"This National Trade Corridors Fund investment will help shift towards more environmentally friendly transportation methods, while reducing congestion and emissions," said Minister of Transport Omar Alghabra.

Transport Canada: C$12.5MM to Improve Freight Transport at the Port of Windsor

Transport Canada on May 26 announced an investment from the National Trade Corridors Fund of up to C$12.5 million to the Essex Terminal Railway Company for a Cargo Terminal Infrastructure Expansion project

Minnesota Enacts Two-Person Crew Size Legislation

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz on May 24 signed a two-person crew bill into law, making his state the 12th to do so. The requirement, introduced earlier this year by State Rep. Jeff

STB Eyes Alternatives to URCS (UPDATED May 25)

The Surface Transportation Board (STB) in October 2022 sought public comment on a new report that identifies and evaluates alternatives to the Uniform Railroad Costing System (URCS) that could be used as a replacement general-purpose costing methodology. The Association of American Railroads (AAR) and the Western Coal Traffic League (WCTL) respond.

NTSB to Hold East Palestine Investigative Hearing

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) announced May 24 that it will hold a two-day investigative hearing in East Palestine, Ohio, on June 22-23, as part of the ongoing investigation into the

FRA Issues NPRM to Amend Passenger Equipment Safety Standards (UPDATED May 25)

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM), proposing to amend its Passenger Equipment Safety Standards as recommended by the Railroad Safety Advisory Committee (RSAC), according to an April 3 Federal Register report.


Don’t Overlook Truck Size and Weight (Updated May 24)

Just when you thought the halls of Capitol Hill couldn’t get any stickier, with misguided, unnecessary safety legislation rising out of the muck, here comes the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee with