Surface Transportation Board

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.

Watco Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer Stefan Loeb (pictured) has been appointed to STB's Railroad-Shipper Transportation Advisory Council.
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People News: Watco, AITX

Watco Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer Stefan Loeb has been appointed to the Railroad-Shipper Transportation Advisory Council (RSTAC). Also, AITX welcomes Timothy Jones as Plant Manager of AITX Clinton, Ind.

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.

BNSF President and Chief Executive Officer Katie M. Farmer (BNSF Photograph)

2023 Railroader of the Year: Katie Farmer, BNSF

RAILWAY AGE, JANUARY 2023 ISSUE: Railway Age’s 2023 Railroader of the Year Award, the 60th annual, goes to a groundbreaking North American rail industry leader: BNSF President and Chief Executive Officer Katie M. Farmer.

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.