PAS: Vermont Opposes G&W Control with Prejudice, Part 1

"The choice for Applicants is clear – present a truly competitive alternative, or face rejection of the application."

PAS: Vermont Opposes G&W Control with Prejudice, Part 1

27.August, Montpelier VT – Vermont DOT (Vtrans, representing the State of Vermont) filed a stern Comment in Opposition to the CSX Revised Application to acquire Pan Am Systems. On the same day, Vermont Rail Systems filed their equally indignant Reply in Opposition to Pittsburgh & Shawmut’s (subsidiary of Genesee & Wyoming) Petition for Exemption to […]

DOJ: Lights Up CSX/PAR Sale Competitiveness Questions

Just When it Seemed Like the Line was Clear, The Department of Justice Throws up a Yellow Signal

DOJ: Lights Up CSX/PAR Sale Competitiveness Questions

26.August, Washington DC – A Comment submitted by the U.S. Department of Justice under STB Docket #36472 conveys the Administration’s explicit distaste for a major part of CSX’s plan for Pan Am Railways, the carefully-crafted proposal for a G&W subsidiary to operate the Pan Am Southern system. The Comment’s very first line cites the 09.July […]

CSX: Didn’t See Opposition Coming (Really?)

High-powered Opposition Hits CSX/Pan Am Prospects

CSX: Didn’t See Opposition Coming (Really?)

27.August, Washington DC – The deadline for descriptions of anticipated (including inconsistent) responsive applications filing brought a tsunami of filings, including Comments in opposition from the U.S. Department of Justice, Amtrak, State of Vermont (VTrans), Vermont Rail System, and Comments and Request for Conditions from Mass Water Resource Authority (MWRA) and Mass Department of Transportation/MBTA. Opposition […]

AMTK: On Time Performance: Critical – And Possible

Most of Amtrak's network operates as a tenant on freight railroad tracks.

AMTK: On Time Performance: Critical – And Possible

How was your Amtrak trip? Ask that question and you’ll get an answer that goes “Nice . . . ” followed by a report of an on-time train or a “but . . . ” and the details of what happened instead. On-Time performance is the #1 expectation from rail passengers. This is intuitively obvious, […]

CSX: Files Supplemental 2022-2027 PAR/PAS Traffic Forecast

CSX's Wallace responds to STB request for additional information on traffic forecasting in the Revised Application

CSX: Files Supplemental 2022-2027 PAR/PAS Traffic Forecast

19.August – CSX filed a response by EVP Mark Wallace to the Board’s request in Decision #4 (30.July.2021) for additional information, to wit: So that the Board can fully evaluate whether the impact of the Merger and Related Transactions would have any potential for environmental impacts warranting environmental review when the PAR System integration has occurred, the […]

UPDATE #2 // PAR: Madison Abandonment to Proceed

The Madison Branch's abandonment is no surprise

UPDATE #2 // PAR: Madison Abandonment to Proceed

Update#2 – 11.August.2021 11.August.2021, Washington DC – The STB Office of Environmental Analysis (OEA) and the Maine Historic Preservation Commission have determined that separate conditions imposed in the 08.July Decision to conditionally approve the abandonment are satisfied. OEA concluded that the abandonment is exempt from Section 106 of the Historic Preservation Act, and the HPC […]

UPDATES: FGLK: Assumes Maine Rockland Branch Operations

UPDATES: FGLK: Assumes Maine Rockland Branch Operations

UPDATE 2 – 19.August.2021 19.August, Thomaston ME – Dragon Cement, one of three industrial shippers on the Maine Rockland Branch, will cease shipping cement east via rail to Rockland’s South End terminal, beginning 2022. Dragon has used the terminal to load cement on to barges for short-sea shipping to Boston and other locations. Dragon will […]

PREZ: Competition Order In the Wrong Lane

PREZ: Competition Order In the Wrong Lane

President Biden’s 09.July executive order On Promoting Competition in the American Economy targets corporate consolidation and anticompetitive behavior in the freight-rail and ocean shipping industries (among others). In his recent article, One If By Land, Two If By Sea, Manhattan Institute fellow Connor Harris asserts that, regulations that subsidize trucking while raising costs on heavy […]

AMTK: New Amtrak Bus Connection In Vermont

AMTK: New Amtrak Bus Connection In Vermont

Thanks to Vermont Rail Action Network for providing this posting about expanded bus service between Albany NY and Burlington (Colchester) VT, as the region awaits the restart of Amtrak Ethan Allen service scheduled for January.2022. New Amtrak bus connection twice a day from Albany to Bennington – Manchester – Rutland (transit center) – Middlebury – Vergennes […]

CSX/PAR Sale: STB Decision #4 Accepts Application

Going forward, primary document to be called "Revised Application"

CSX/PAR Sale: STB Decision #4 Accepts Application

STB Decision No. 4 in STB Finance Docket No. 36472; Notice of Acceptance of Application and Related Filings; Issuance of Procedural Schedule. Click to read the Full Decision. Approved Schedule. Click to read the Full Decision, Approved Schedule.

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