STB Sets Dates for Hearings on 3 Major Cases

Public hearings have been set by the U.S. Surface Transportation Board early next year on three key cases that are being watched carefully by railroad industry observers.

They include CSX plans to acquire New England regional railroad Pan Am Railways; Amtrak’s bid to gain authority to operate new intercity rail passenger service between New Orleans and Mobile, Alabama; and a proposal to promulgate reciprocal switching regulations.

In a statement, STB Chairman Martin J. Oberman said each case “involves issues with the potential for significant impact, not only on the involved railroads, but on the shipping community, labor, rail passengers, consumers and the public at large,”

Hearings on the CSX-Pan Am merger have been set for Jan. 13 and 14, the Amtrak case will be heard Feb. 15 and 16, and the reciprocal switching case will be held March 15-16.

All hearings will be held at the agency’s Washington headquarters.

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