Complaints by grain shippers and automakers have spurred the Surface Transportation Board to ask Class I railroads what they are doing to improve service across their networks.
Characterizing progress on Positive Train Control as “uneven,” Federal Railroad Administrator Ron Batory pledged that the agency he now officially leads “is taking a proactive approach to ensure railroads acquire, install, test and fully implement certified PTC systems in time to meet the congressional interim deadline of Dec. 31, 2018.”
Ann Dawn Begeman was designated permanent chairman of the Surface Transportation Board (STB) March 19 by President Trump. She has been acting chairman since January 2017.
The Surface Transportation Board is making staff available for “informal meetings with interested persons to discuss and gather feedback on the adequacy of the Board’s current regulations regarding emergency service and service inadequacies.”
At the Rail Equipment Finance 2018 conference in early March, a session on autonomous trucking with Cowen and Company analysts Matt Elkott, Jeff Osborne and Matthew Frankel, moderated by Railway Age Editor-in-Chief William C. Vantuono, examined the implications for railroads—both real and perceived—of this emerging transportation technology.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Short line railroad industry stakeholders had simple orders Wednesday during the Railroad Day on the Hill: Stay on track when presenting their legislative agenda to elected representatives.
“Riding the brand”—a code of conduct exemplifying unbendable trustworthiness, integrity and commitment—is an expression as old as the Wild West, yet as contemporary as Federal Railroad Administrator Ron Batory. Nowhere is this code more needed than at the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), lacking permanent leadership since January 2015 and suffering discord and an organizational brain-drain even longer.