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2/24/2005



Rail News: Rail Industry Trends

STB hands down decisions on nine cases at open voting conference


At an open voting conference held yesterday, Surface Transportation Board members issued decisions on nine cases.

Among the decisions, members ruled the board will:
• not reconsider an October 2004 decision to end its five-year oversight of the Conrail integration, but address and clarify a portion of the decision that concerns the commonwealth of Pennsylvania;
• revoke an acquisition and operation exemption, and deny Northern Central Railroad's petition for a declaratory order to acquire and operate about 19 track miles in York County, Pa.;
• dismiss Boston and Maine Corp.'s and Springfield Terminal Railway Co.'s complaint concerning a July 2004 derailment of their train on track owned by defendant New England Central Railroad Inc.;
• order Indiana Southwestern Railway to restore switch connections with Ohio Valley Railroad Co.;
• deny Pioneer Industrial Railway Co.'s request to reject or revoke an exemption allowing the Central Illinois Railroad Co. to operate an 8.3-mile line in Peoria, Ill.;
• grant Sierra Pacific Industries' petition to abandon a 12-mile line in Amador County, Calif.; and
• grant Union Pacific Railroad's petition to allow a modified trackage-rights agreement to proceed and expire on or about May 16.


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