"The choice for Applicants is clear – present a truly competitive alternative, or face rejection of the application."
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 […]
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 […]
Going forward, primary document to be called "Revised 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.
The Connect NEC 2035 plan calls for the completion of 150 significant projects over 15 years at cost of $100 billion dollars.
We are glad to feature this excellent report from the CT Examiner reporting on the Connecticut-related elements of the Northeast Corridor Commission’s Connect NEC 2035 plan to undertake 150 vital improvement projects along the Northeast Corridor. Links to Connect NEC 2035: Full Plan, Executive Summary A New Hartford Station, Resolving High-Speed Rail Bypasses, Headline NEC Future Announcement […]
Low Interest Rates Prompt Capital Spending on Highways
Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont on April 16th led the Connecticut State Bond Commission to approve $340 million in special capital spending, funded with new bonds (despite a previous debt diet pledge) for a variety of highway projects, tens of millions of affordable housing, state buildings and $55 million in funds to dredge and develop the […]
New 100lb/ rail on Cog Railway to replace 25lb rail. Conway Scenic refinances dome car.
The Mount Washington Cog Railway and Conway Scenic Railroad are beneficiaries of loans from the New Hampshire Class III Railroads and Cog Railroads Revolving Loan Fund. The New Hampshire Executive Council voted yesterday to approve the loans. The Cog Railway project benefiting from a $1.2 million loan will lay new 100lb (per yard) modern rail […]
The comment period for the draft Vermont Rail Plan will close on 22.March at 0900 hrs. View the complete plan View the Executive Summary VTrans requests review of the Draft Plan, Executive Summary, and/or Technical Memos on the AOT website. You’ll find them under the Technical Memos, Reports, & Resources section. There are several ways […]
Bill Not Likely To Become Law, But Does Declare A Priority For Biden Infrastructure Focus.
Representative Seth Moulton (MA-06) introduced the American High-Speed Rail Act on March 11, which calls for investing $205 billion federal dollars into high-speed rail spread over 5 years ($41 billion a year). Representatives Brendan Boyle (PA-02), Suzan DelBene (WA-01), and Mike Doyle (PA-18) joined Moulton as original sponsors of the bill. Moulton is introducing the bill to influence the upcoming […]
Does Delayed New Orleans-Mobile Service Suggest Problems With Passenger Trains After CSX Takes Over Pan-Am?
After 5 years of discussions, Amtrak asked the Surface Transportation Board to Intervene with CSX and Norfolk Southern to force revived New Orleans – Mobile service to proceed. A 2017 letter to the Federal Railroad Administration from the Southern Rail Commission says that the actions of CSX “demonstrate what can only be understood as an […]
What is required for railroads to merge.
While railroads have been “deregulated” since the Staggers Act of 1980, mild government oversight does remain to protect public and shipper interests, overseen by the Surface Transportation Board (successor to the hated Interstate Commerce Commission that existed until 1996). Railroads are required to submit mergers for STB review. Any transaction is expected to demonstrate public […]