NER to Acquire and Operate RMW Rail Line

New Era Railroad, LLC (NER), has filed a verified notice of exemption to acquire and operate approximately 36.46 miles of rail line owned by RMW Ventures, LLC (RMW), between milepost 117.0 in the vicinity of Curryville, Ind., and milepost 123.0 at Bluffton, Ind., and from milepost 144.26 in the vicinity of Van Buren, Ind. (the Line), the Surface Transportation Board (STB) reported on Oct. 27.

For STB’s RETAC, Six New Members

The Surface Transportation Board (STB) on Oct. 23 reported appointing six new members to its Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee (RETAC).

CPKC (William C. Vantuono Photograph)

CPKC Releases First Merger Oversight Report

In accordance with the Surface Transportation Board’s (STB) Oversight Decision No. 1, Canadian Pacific Kansas City (CPKC) on Oct. 15 provided its initial data submission related to service, operations and competition—a requirement


STB and Reciprocal Switching: Abject Regulatory Failure

Frank Wilner and Bill Huneke have started a friendly debate in this publication over the merits and demerits of the recent STB ruling on reciprocal switching. As an academic who has done

STB Outlines ‘Lapse in Appropriations’ Policy

When a government shutdown was looming late last month, Railway Age readers may have wondered how the Surface Transportation Board (STB) would function. So did U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who on

Chuck Baker, President, ASLRRA

Dysfunctional Washington Must Not Slow Us Down

ASLRRA PERSPECTIVE, RAILWAY AGE OCTOBER 2023 ISSUE: As this column is written, the federal government is either shut down or operating under a short-term Continuing Resolution. Whether shut down or just limping along, there appears to be little appetite for compromise between the warring factions in Congress. Be that as it may, the short line industry has much government-related business to concern itself with in the coming months.

STB to AAR on Reciprocal Switching: 15 More Days to Comment

The Surface Transportation Board (STB) has partially granted the Association of American Railroads’ (AAR) request to extend the comment period for the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking issued Sept. 7, 2023 in Docket

AAR to STB on Reciprocal Switching: We Need 90 More Days

The Association of American Railroads has asked the Surface Transportation Board for a 90-day extension of the comment period for the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking issued Sept. 7, 2023 in Docket No. EP 711(Sub-No. 2), Reciprocal Switching for Inadequate Service. If granted, AAR’s request will extend the comment period to Feb. 20, 2024.

NS Bid to Acquire CSR Still Faces Legislative Hurdle (UPDATED Sept. 21)

Norfolk Southern is looking to purchase the 338-mile Class II Cincinnati Southern Railway (CSR), which it and its predecessor railroads have been operating under a 141-year-old lease agreement with its owner, the

STB: Rail Cost Adjustment Factor Set for 4Q23

The Surface Transportation Board (STB) has adopted for fourth-quarter 2023 the rail cost adjustment factor (RCAF), defined as “an index formulated to represent changes in railroad costs incurred by the nation’s largest railroads over a specified period of time.”