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Is Trouble Brewing at Chicago’s Union Station?

by Holland & Knight LLP on

A recent filing at the U.S. Surface Transportation Board (STB) reveals a potential, budding conflict between Metra and Amtrak involving Metra's use of the Chicago Union Station. Amtrak owns the station and Metra is its...more

Senator Highlights Concerns Regarding Freight Train Interference of Amtrak Passenger Trains

by Nossaman LLP on

The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation (“Commerce Committee”) recently held a nomination hearing to fill two vacancies on the Surface Transportation Board (“STB”), the economic regulator of...more

Amtrak Performance Rules Won’t be Revived

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• The Supreme Court declines to review a lower court ruling that the Surface Transportation Board cannot assume regulatory authority that Congress unconstitutionally delegated to the Federal Railroad Administration and...more

Railroads on Track To Miss Positive Train Control Deadline

Need for Positive Train Control is Past Due - The deadline for installing and implementing positive train control, known as PTC, is Dec. 31, 2018. It likely will come and go, with a majority of the country’s railways...more

Another Preventable Train Derailment

Amtrak trains have been involved in four deaths since December 2017, including the most recent tragedy in South Carolina that killed two crew members and injured more than 100 passengers....more

Tragic South Carolina Train Wreck — How Preventable Was It?

Train Wreck Reports are developing that the recent and tragic crash of an AmTrak train, running on CSX rails, might have been avoided if a safety feature called a “positive train control” (PTC) had been employed at the time....more

Tragic Amtrak Wreck in Washington

Another tragedy on an AMTRAK train has caused the loss of lives and serious injuries in Dupont, Washington this morning. There are reports the train, the Cascades service from Seattle to Portland was travelling on tracks...more

Fifth Circuit Derails Reverse Discrimination Claims Against Amtrak

by Zuckerman Spaeder LLP on

White male discontent has been a major media talking point since the presidential election, and even long before. This talking point has made its way into the workplace, where tech firms are now being targeted for allegedly...more

FRA Invites Bids to Replace Amtrak on Three Routes

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has announced final rules permitting eligible petitioners to submit proposals to replace Amtrak on up to three Amtrak routes. The rules implement provisions of the Fixing America's...more

Eighth Circuit Strikes Down STB Rules Defining "On-Time" Passenger Performance

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In Union Pacific Railroad Company v. Surface Transportation Board, No. 16-3307, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit has held that the Surface Transportation Board (STB) exceeded its authority when it promulgated...more

STB Jurisdiction Over Intrastate Passenger Rail

by Nossaman LLP on

In Florida, All Aboard Florida, a private entity, is about to launch passenger rail service from Miami to West Palm Beach, with future service extending to Orlando. In California, the California High-Speed Rail Authority is...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

European antitrust regulators have dropped a massive $2.7 billion fine on Google for allegedly “unfairly favoring some of its own search services over those of rivals”....more

February 2017 Update on Significant DOT, FAA and Other Federal Agencies’ Aviation-Related Regulatory Actions

by Cozen O'Connor on

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update discusses DOT’s final approval of antitrust immunity for Delta Air Lines and Aeromexico, DOT’s proceeding to reallocate some of Delta/Aeromexico’s Mexico City and...more

Rail Issues Before the New Administration

by Holland & Knight LLP on

There was a plenty of rail-related activity during the 114th Congress and the last two years of the Obama Administration. Amtrak and the Surface Transportation Board (STB) were reauthorized with major changes to Amtrak's...more

Postdiluvian Perils: Second Circuit Weighs Coverage For Losses Suffered After The Waters Recede

by Carlton Fields on

As this blog has reported, exclusions and limits for flood coverage have generally held up against the tide of claims arising from Superstorm Sandy. Now that the water is gone, however, new losses have been discovered, and...more

Ambiguity And Ensuing Loss: The Second Circuit Affirms The Southern District Of New York’s Holdings In a $675 Million Superstorm...

In National Railroad Passenger Corp. v. Aspen Specialty Ins. Co., 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 16074 (2d. Cir. Aug. 31, 2016), Amtrak sought the entire $675 million of available coverage from a number of its insurers for damages...more

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals Rules AMTRAK Is Not Entitled to Additional Insurance Proceeds for Superstorm Sandy-Related...

As the East Coast heads into hurricane season, the Second Circuit issued a timely decision in National Railroad Passenger Corp. v. Aspen Specialty Insurance Cor., 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 16704 (2d Cir. Aug. 31, 2016). Amtrak...more

Amtrak to Pay $112,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

Federal Agency Charged Railroad Company Refused to Hire Qualified Machinist Due to Epilepsy - SEATTLE -- The Washington, D.C.-based National Passenger Railroad Corporation, better known as Amtrak, will pay $112,000 and...more

New Campaign Raises Awareness of Railroad Intersection Dangers

by Howard Ankin on

In the wake of the Amtrak derailment in Pennsylvania earlier this month, Operation Lifesaver is promoting a new public awareness campaign dedicated to “changing people’s behavior around railroad tracks and crossings.” While...more

Miscommunication leads to many railway and train accidents

An Amtrak train collided with a maintenance vehicle in Chester, Pennsylvania, killing two Amtrak employees, Backhoe operator Joseph Carter Jr., and supervisor Peter Adamovich in the early morning of April 3, 2016. About 30...more

Stay in your Lane: Three Recent, Significant Rulings Enforce State and Federal Separation of Powers

Builders and contractors may be interested to learn that, in the past few days, the Supreme Courts of Texas capitoland Colorado, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit have issued significant rulings addressing the...more

Update: A New Color to be Added to Mid-Atlantic Transit: The Maryland Purple Line

by Nossaman LLP on

On April 6, 2016, the Maryland Board of Public Works unanimously approved the public-private partnership (“P3”) agreement for the Maryland Purple Line light-rail transit project, concluding the 30-day review period described...more

A New Color to be Added to Mid-Atlantic Transit: the Maryland Purple Line

by Nossaman LLP on

On March 2, Governor Larry Hogan and Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) Secretary Pete Rahn “greenlighted” procurement of the Purple Line by MDOT and the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA). The contract has been...more

Highlights of H.R. 22: Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act

by Baker Donelson on

On December 1, a conference committee unveiled the FAST Act, which would authorize approximately $305 billion for highway, transit, rail and safety spending for the next five years, until September 30, 2020. The Act would...more

Federal Transportation Update: Highway Extensions, Buy America Waivers and Rulemakings

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Two Week Highway Trust Fund Extension While Conference Takes Place - Congress agreed to extend the Highway Trust Fund by two weeks until Dec. 4 so that House and Senate conferees could meet to craft a final version of...more

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