August 1, 2018 – The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee approved by voice vote today several items including a bill to establish a new port improvement grant program, a bill to criminalize attacks on interstate passenger rail crews, and another nominee for a seat on the Surface Transportation Board.
Eno Transportation Weekly
July 25, 2018 – Last Friday, a federal appeals court issued a new ruling in the seemingly never-ending saga of the railroad industry’s legal fight against metrics for on-time performance of Amtrak trains developed in 2009 by the Federal Railroad Administration and by Amtrak itself.
July 6, 2018 – The White House announced last night that President Trump will nominate Martin Oberman of Chicago to be a member of the railroad-regulating Surface Transportation Board.
April 26, 2018 – At an incredibly brief business session yesterday, the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee approved four bills and another round of nominees, including two nominees to the Surface Transportation Board and one to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.
March 20, 2018 – President Trump on March 19 announced that he has designated Ann Begeman as the Chairman of the Surface Transportation Board.
March 7, 2018 – As last week’s issue of ETW was being emailed out, the White House announced that President Trump was finally taking steps to fill the two new seats on the Surface Transportation Board created by the STB Reauthorization Act of 2015.
December 7, 2016 – As the 114th Congress winds to a close at the end of this week, President Obama has submitted some last-minute nominations to the Senate relating to the railroad industry.
The “railroad renaissance” is not a fiction, it’s a reality. But some of the railroads’ success is due to arcane government rules that are tilted against shippers. Agency regulators designed those rules decades ago when the railroads were still struggling financially. Now it’s time to recalibrate and rebalance those rules in light of Congress’ original intent to balance deregulation against the need to promote rail competition via competitive switching.
As Congress returns to work after August recess, it faces a Surface Transportation Board that is proposing to reverse years of economic success while putting a core industry at great risk.
August 17, 2016 – The entire federal Surface Transportation Board traveled to Sioux Falls, South Dakota last week to testify before a Senate field hearing.
The Surface Transportation Board is proposing new regulations to adopt reciprocal switching rules which would allow “captive shippers” – those who are dependent on a single Class I railroad to ship their goods – to access competing railroads.
August 3, 2016 – In a pair of decisions last week, the Surface Transportation Board (STB) withdrew a controversial policy issued late last year on how to calculate Amtrak delays and also issued new rules on how it will arbitrate complaints between Amtrak and freight railroads relating to delays.
Last December, Amtrak issued a proposed rule and a policy statement to define Amtrak’s “on-time performance” in terms of a train’s arrival at its final destination. The definition would be used to arbitrate complaints between Amtrak and the freight railroads on which most Amtrak routes operate.
December 9, 2015 – The House of Representatives has scheduled floor votes this week on Surface Transportation Board reform and Coast Guard reauthorization bills.
June 25, 2015 – The U.S. Senate last week passed, by unanimous consent, the bill S. 808, making the Surface Transportation Board an independent agency of government once again.
Text in roman type is text from last year’s bill (S. 2777, 113th Congress). Text of that bill that is not included in S. 808 is in strikethrough type and new text in S. 808 that was not in S. 2777 is in italic type.) SEC. 6 12. INVESTIGATIVE AUTHO…
SECTION-BY-SECTION SUMMARY OF S. 808, SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD REAUTHORIZATION ACT OF 2015 The bill redesignates sections 701 through 706 of title 49 U.S.C. as sections 1321 through 1326, redesignates sections 721 through 724 as 1321 t… Sorry – you don’t have access to this item. Please log in below, or check out our membership options.
March 26, 2015 – The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee yesterday approved two significant pieces of freight rail legislation by voice vote. One was a modified version of legislation approved by the panel last year to enhance Surface Transportation Board oversight of freight rail rates and practices and to make the STB an independent entity. The other was a measure to delay the positive train control (PTC) mandate on passenger and freight railroads (a deadline, which is almost universally acknowledged will not be met) from December 31, 2015 to December 31, 2020.
June 19, 2015 – Since yesterday morning’s ETW, three things have happened. First, Senators Wicker and Booker introduced a bipartisan passenger rail reauthorization bill, S. 1626. Second, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the FY 2016 Homeland Security appropriations bill. Third, the Senate passed S. 808, the STB reauthorization bill.
November 20, 2014 – As the USDOT nomination backlog at the White House builds, President Obama in recent days has nominated a new head for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and has re-nominated the existing head of the Surface Transportation Board.