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Eno Transportation Weekly

Category: STB

Senate Commerce Committee Approves Port Improvement, Rail Crew Bills, STB Nominee

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.

White House Nominates Third STB Member

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.

Senate Commerce Approves STB, MWAA Nominees

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.

Trump Taps Begeman As STB Chair

March 20, 2018 – President Trump on March 19 announced that he has designated Ann Begeman as the Chairman of the Surface Transportation Board.

Trump Moves to Fill Two New STB Positions

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.

Guest Op-Ed: STB Proposal Makes the Right Switch Toward Rail Competition

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.

Proposed STB Rule Would Enable Reciprocal Switching

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.

STB Withdraws Delay Calculation Policy, Adopts Arbitration Rules

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.

Section-by-Section Summary of S. 808, the Senate STB Reauthorization Bill, As Reported

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.

Senate Committee OK’s Freight Rail Regulation; PTC Deadline Extension Bills

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.

Senators Introduce Amtrak Bill; Homeland Funding and STB Reauthorization Advance

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.

President Nominates NHTSA, STB Heads

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.

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