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Jim Cohen Appointed to Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority

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On April 22, the Maine State Senate unanimously confirmed the nomination of Jim Cohen to the board of the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority (NNEPRA). NNEPRA oversees the day-to-day operations of the Amtrak...more

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Great British Railways: The Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail - The numbers that tell the story

On 20 May 2021, the government published its white paper for the railways in Britain after an 18-month delay due to the pandemic - ‘Great British Railways: The Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail’ (the Plan). The government...more

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Brussels Rail Transport Brief: March 2021

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ANTITRUST and COMPETITION - German Court asks ECJ About Review of Rail Station Fees - The Berlin Higher Regional Court has lodged a request for a preliminary ruling with the European Court of Justice (ECJ) concerning railway...more

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Sustainable Development and Land Use Update - February 2021 #3

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Berkeley considers ending single-family zoning - The Mercury News – February 12 - Berkeley was the first city in the nation to introduce “exclusionary zoning” in the early 1900s, and now it could be one of the first...more

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Sustainable Development and Land Use Update - November 2020

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California voters reject measure to expand rent control - Bullet SFGate – November 4 - Voters on Tuesday soundly rejected a ballot measure that would have let California cities expand rent control in a state where...more

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Sustainable Development and Land Use Update - August 2020 #4

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California bill would allow a duplex on most single-family parcels - Los Angeles Times – August 26 - The California Assembly is considering a bill, authored by state Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins (D-San Diego),...more

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Texas High-Speed Railroad Found to Be Subject to Federal Jurisdiction

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A proposed high-speed passenger railroad between Dallas and Houston has successfully convinced the federal Surface Transportation Board (STB) that it has jurisdiction over the proposed Texas rail line. While STB jurisdiction...more

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How Soon Is Now? HS2, Packham and Promptness

The recent High Court judgement in R (Packham) v Secretary of State for Transport revisits old arguments about the requirements for ‘promptness’ for judicial review claims. With the Government’s renewed focus and commitment...more

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Sustainable Development and Land Use Update - June 2020 #2

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Better Buildings Initiative partners save $11B In energy costs - Bullet Facility Executive – June 9 - The more than 950 public and private sector organizations participating in the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Better...more

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Navigating Project Upheaval - What Should UK Rail Contractors Do Next?

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The UK rail industry has been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic with large projects such as High Speed 2 and Crossrail suspended and disrupted for the foreseeable future. Managing risk, recovering costs and...more

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State of the State 2020: Governor Cuomo's Ambitious Plans for New York

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In his 2020 State of the State Address on January 8, Governor Andrew Cuomo outlined a “robust agenda” that ranged from investing heavily to combat climate change by developing New York state’s Green Economy to creating a...more

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Do the Railways need a Moonshot?

I believe this nation should commit itself to the goal - It cannot have escaped your attention that it was the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing last month.  That historic achievement was the ultimate validation...more

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California Environmental Law & Policy Update - July 2019 #3

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Focus - Four automakers reach deal with California to increase fuel efficiency standards - The Washington Post – July 25 - Ford, Honda, Volkswagen, and BMW - major automakers with a combined 30 percent of the U.S....more

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Cities Evaluate Congestion Pricing Systems

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Over the last half century, urban centers have been combating the blessing and curse that is the automobile and freeway system. While historically providing means and opportunity for people to move themselves at high rates of...more

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Sustainable Development Update - March 2019 #4

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Focus - San Jose City Council approves taller buildings - The Mercury News - March 12 - After more than a decade of debate over how tall buildings in the nation’s 10th largest city should stand, San Jose’s notoriously...more

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Sustainable Development Update - February 2019 #2

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Senate passes sweeping land conservation bill - New York Times - February 12 - The Senate on Tuesday passed a sweeping public lands conservation bill, designating more than one million acres of wilderness for...more

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Wood Pellet Facility/Manufacturing: Federal Appellate Court Addresses Surface Transportation Board Preemption Decision

The United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit (“Court of Appeals”) addressed in an August 6 opinion whether certain activities involving wood pellets qualified as “transportation by rail carrier” under the...more

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When “Tigers Eat Their Young” – Federal Preemption Of CEQA In Context Of Railroad Projects Will Continue To Present Complex Issues...

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On April 30, 2018, the United States Supreme Court denied the petition for writ of certiorari filed in North Coast Railroad Authority v. Friends of the Eel River, U.S. Supreme Ct. Case No. 17-915, which presented this issue: ...more

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D.C. Circuit Upholds FTA Approval of Purple Line Light Rail Project

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Reversing a district court decision that had delayed work on the $2.4 billion Purple Line light rail transit project in Maryland, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has held that the Federal...more

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Selection Process on Track for Malaysia-Singapore High-Speed Rail Project

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In what will be the first project of its kind in South East Asia, the governments of Malaysia and Singapore have agreed to collaborate on a high-speed rail project connecting the two nations' capital cities. The bidding...more

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California Environmental Law and Policy Update - November 2017 #3

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Focus - High-speed rail authority says environmental reviews won't be completed until 2020 - Los Angeles Times - Nov 15 The California High-Speed Rail Authority announced Tuesday evening that it would not meet its...more

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California’s Bullet Train Can’t Sidestep CEQA, Court Says

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As physical signs of California’s $64 billion railroad project come into focus across the State, a potential faceoff with the federal government regarding its jurisdiction over state environmental laws, at least with regard...more

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Faceoff with Federal Government Possibly Looming Following California Supreme Court CEQA Ruling; Cal High Speed Rail Project Also...

In July 2017, the California Supreme Court determined the federal Interstate Commerce Commission Termination Act of 1995 (49 U.S.C. § 10101 et seq.) (“ICCTA”) does not preempt the application of the California Environmental...more

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CA Supreme Court Holds CEQA Not Preempted by Federal Rail Transportation Law for Projects Carried Out by State Agencies

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The California Supreme Court has issued its decision in Friends of the Eel River v. North Coast Railroad, an important case regarding preemption of state environmental law by the Interstate Commerce Commission Termination Act...more

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Calif. High Court: U.S. Rail Law Doesn't Categorically Pre-empt CEQA on Public Entity Projects - Decision Sets Up Showdown with...

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The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), Cal. Pub. Res. Code §21000 et seq., imposes significant procedural and substantive requirements on private and public projects throughout the state. However, even a state law...more

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