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STB postpones Amtrak Gulf Coast hearing to April


The Surface Transportation Board (STB) has rescheduled the evidentiary hearing for the Amtrak Gulf Coast case to April 4-5.

The board changed the hearing's date after CSX asked that the proceeding be moved from March 9-10 to early April. None of the parties in the case opposed CSX's request.

Although the board doesn't anticipate the hearing will last more than two days, it is reserving April 6 and April 8 if additional time is necessary, according to an STB press release.

The case involves Amtrak's petition calling on the STB to require CSX and Norfolk Southern Railway to allow the intercity passenger railroad to run its trains on the Class Is' line between New Orleans and Mobile, Alabama.

Meanwhile, the STB has also revealed additional details about the upcoming hearing on its proposed reciprocal switching regulations.

The public hearing will be held virtually March 15-16. Yesterday's announcement includes instructions for attendance and presentation, viewing, and the schedule of appearances for speakers.  All scheduled speakers and presenters should review the schedule and specific instructions contained in the decision.

A direct link to the live hearing will also be on the front page of the board’s website under “Quick Links” shortly before the hearing begins. The hearing will be recorded, and a link to it will be available on the website. A transcript will be created and made available afterward.

Contact Progressive Railroading editorial staff.

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