STB Issues CPKC Final EIS

The Surface Transportation Board on Jan. 27 completed a final, critical (and very lengthy) step in its consideration of the proposed Canadian Pacific-Kansas City Southern merger to form CPKC (Canadian Pacific Kansas

Amtrak Eyes STB Investigation Into ‘Substandard’ Sunset Limited Service

Amtrak in December called on the Surface Transportation Board (STB) to initiate an investigation into “substandard” customer on-time performance for Sunset Limited service between Louisiana and California. Host freight railroad Union Pacific (UP)—which Amtrak said will likely be the prime focus of the investigation—asked the STB on Jan. 27 to order mediation for Amtrak, UP and the other host railroads involved “to resolve or narrow the issues in dispute.”

DOJ to STB: ‘Protect Rail Competition’ (UPDATED)

The U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Antitrust Division on Jan. 24 reaffirmed its “support for the [Surface Transportation] Board’s review process and careful scrutiny of the competitive implications of the proposed transaction” that would merge Canadian Pacific (CP) and Kansas City Southern (KCS). The railroads respond.

STB: ‘Transparency Should Be Pursued’

The Surface Transportation Board (STB) on Jan. 20 denied Union Pacific’s (UP) motion for a protective order regarding documents requested at a hearing on the railroad’s institution of embargoes.

STB Eyes Emergency Service Order for UP (UPDATED)

The Surface Transportation Board (STB) on Dec. 30 directed Union Pacific (UP) to deliver certain unit trains of corn from origins in the Midwest to California on behalf of Foster Poultry Farms (Foster Farms) to alleviate “immediate service issues” while it further considers the chicken and feed producer’s exparte petition for an emergency service order. UPDATE: Foster Farms on Jan. 4 replied to UP’s daily service status updates, required by STB to start Dec. 31 and end Jan. 3. The updates will continue through Jan. 17, the railroad reported, to assist the Board with its determination.

GWI Proposes to Merge CHAT With, Into BAYL

Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (GWI) on Dec. 21 filed a verified notice of exemption with the Surface Transportation Board (STB) to convert Chattahoochee Bay Railroad LLC, a Delaware Corporation, into Chattahoochee Bay Rail Railroad LLC (CHAT LLC), a Delaware liability company, which will result into CHAT merging with and into the Bay Line Railroad, L.L.C. (BAYL).

LRW presented Trinity Industries, Inc., President and CEO Jean Savage with the 2022 Railway Woman of the Year award at the 2023 NRC-REMSA Exhibition Conference in Boca Raton, Fla. (Photograph Courtesy of LRW via LinkedIn)
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People News: STB, LRW, IANA

Karen J. Hedlund has been designated Vice Chairman of the Surface Transportation Board (STB). Also, the League of Railway Women (LRW) named Trinity Industries, Inc. President and CEO Jean Savage 2022 Railway Woman of the Year; and the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA) has installed its 2023 Board of Directors and Officers.