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Rail Inspection Firm Acquires Drone Services Company

American Rail Engineers Corp. (ARE), based in Irvine, California, recently acquired a New Hampshire drone services company, Media Wing, LLC (Media Wing), to conduct geographic information system (GIS) mapping and data...more

Stormwater Utility Ordinance: U.S. District Court Addresses Whether Assessment Violates Railroad Revitalization and Regulatory...

A United States District Court (Western District Virginia)in a December 26th Memorandum Opinion (“Opinion”) addressed a challenge to a stormwater utility ordinance assessment. See Norfolk Southern Railway Company v. City of...more

STB Preempts a City's Effort to Force a Railroad to Reinstall a Grade Crossing

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In a recent preemption decision, the Surface Transportation Board (“STB”) rejected a city’s attempt to mandate that a railroad reinstall a grade crossing. The STB’s order appears to call into question the enforceability of...more

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

Bombardier and Metrolinx Make a Nice Recovery on Problematic Eglinton LRV Order

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Bombardier and Metrolinx announced that they have amended their Eglinton Crosstown LRV contract and settled their pending arbitration, showing how re-negotiation and compromise can preserve project schedule and quality,...more

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

by Jones Day on

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

L'ouverture à la concurrence du secteur ferroviaire en France : Spécificités et modalités

La fin du monopole d'État du secteur ferroviaire en France, demandée par la Commission Européenne, constitue un changement majeur dans la législation française et aura de nombreuses répercussions économiques,...more

Salt Transloading Facility: Court Addresses Whether Local Ordinance is Preempted by Federal Statute

A United States District Court addressed in a December 7th opinion whether the Interstate Commerce Commission Termination Act (“Act”) preempted a Vermont town’s ordinance regulating a salt transloading facility. See Vermont...more

Home Stretch for Toronto’s Finch West LRT Procurement

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Humber College students and Toronto West residents will soon be able to access Canada’s largest subway system in five years. The CA$1 billion Finch West LRT project is slated to open in 2022. The new dedicated light rail...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

New York MTA Approves $1.8B Design-Build Contract for the Long Island Railroad Expansion Project

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The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (NYMTA) board has approved a $1.8 billion expansion project for another important milestone in Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s, comprehensive, interconnected plan to improve...more

Brightline Train Launches This Month in South Florida

The country’s first private high-speed train is set to roll out this month in South Florida. The proposed route will connect Miami to Fort Lauderdale in half an hour, and Miami to West Palm Beach in just one hour. ...more

When Proposed Public and Private Projects Collide

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Infrastructure projects take years to develop: the environmental review, funding, design, procurement, and construction of a public project is time consuming in any state, but even more so in California given the strict...more

Fourth Circuit Holds that Federal Courts Have Concurrent Jurisdiction with Surface Transportation Board over ICCTA Claims

by Burr & Forman on

On November 16, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit joined the First, Fifth and Sixth Circuits in ruling that claims arising from the Interstate Commerce Commission Termination Act (“ICCTA”) can be...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The UK and EU made a significant breakthrough early this morning to “unlock” Brexit divorce negotiations. The still-rough agreement would see Britain repaying $53 billion and addressed in at least vague terms thorny issues...more

P3 Lawyer Appointed Federal Railroad Administration Chief Counsel

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President Trump recently appointed former Seyfarth Shaw LLP (“Seyfarth”) attorney Juan D. Reyes, III as Chief Counsel of the Federal Railroad Administration (“FRA”). Mr. Reyes was previously a partner in the real estate...more

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

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

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

Transloading Extends the Economics of Rail to More Customers

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Companies that use bulk products as inputs to their manufacturing or processing business often look to rail service as a way to reduce their transportation costs. Yet, many are not located adjacent to rail lines and there is...more

EU & Competition Law Update – October 2017

by Bryan Cave on

When is a private company considered a public body and subject to the EU procurement rules? A recent European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) case has thrown up a novel legal issue which will be of interest to all public...more

Positive Train Control: Roadblocks to Interoperability

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Positive Train Control ("PTC") is a system that will automatically apply the train’s brakes in certain situations. PTC systems consist of technologies designed to help detect dangerous situations and automatically intervene...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Equifax CEO Richard F. Smith is out as the fallout continues from the massive cyberbreach of the consumer credit reporting agency that exposed the personal information of as many as 143 million people....more

New Bill Aims to Streamline LA Olympics Transit Projects & Clippers Arena

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According to an article in the Los Angeles Times, California lawmakers pitch a break from a key environmental law to help L.A. Olympic Bid, Clippers Arena, California lawmakers introduced Senate Bill 789 last week in an...more

Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit District Begins Revenue Passenger Service

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The Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (“SMART”) District kicked off passenger rail revenue service in Sonoma and Marin counties last week. The 43-mile rail line includes ten stations from the Sonoma County Airport to Downtown...more

DOT Backs Away From Rulemaking on “Safety Sensitive Positions” in Highway and Rail Transportation

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: DOT has withdrawn its rulemaking on safety sensitive positions in highway and rail transportation. This week the U.S. Department of Transportation has withdrawn its March 10, 2016 Advance Notice of...more

CEQA Not Preempted in State-Owned Rail Project - California Supreme Court Decision Could Impact High-Speed Rail Project

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

In a decision that could have significant implications for California’s high-speed rail project, the California Supreme Court recently held in Friends of the Eel River v. North Coast Railroad Authority that the federal...more

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