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2015

Surface Transportation Board Chairman Daniel R. Elliot Announced Details of STB Reauthorization Act.

Surface Transportation BoardFOR RELEASEContact: Dennis Watson (202) 245-023412/21/2015 (Monday)Michael HigginsNo. 15-19(202) 245-0238FIRS 1 (800) 877-8339www.stb.dot.govSURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD CHAIRMAN DANIEL R. ELLIOT ANNOUNCES DETAILS OF STB REAUTHORIZATION ACTSurface Transportation Board Chairman Daniel R. Elliott III today announced details of the Board’s implementation of the STB Reauthorization Act of 2015. Effective December 18, 2015, the Reauthorization Act […] Read More »

Durbin Leads Illinois Members in Registering Concern with Oversight Agency Over Proposed Freight Merger.

MEMBERS WRITE TO STB REGARDING THE PROPOSED CP-NS MERGER’S POTENTIAL IMPACT ON CHICAGO, ILLINOIS RAIL NETWORK[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – In response to a proposed merger between two of Illinois’ rail operators – Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) and Norfolk Southern Corporation (NS) – U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) led a letter to the Surface Transportation Board urging […] Read More »

Senator Klobuchar Raises Concerns About Potential Canadian Pacific Railway/Norfolk Southern Railway Merger

Combined, the two railroads would have approximately $17 billion in annual revenue and would operate approximately 34,000 miles of track; in a letter to the Attorney General and Surface Transportation Board Chairman, Klobuchar said one of the most concerning aspects of the potential merger is that the railroad’s current antitrust exemption prevents the Department of […] Read More »

Rail Shippers Oppose Canadian Pacific-Norfolk Southern Merger -Survey

The Cowen survey found 71% of rail shippers did not support Canadian Pacific Railway’s proposed acquisition of Norfolk Southern Corp., fearing fewer options and higher prices. By LORETTA CHAO Dec. 7, 2015 1:15 p.m. ET Rail shippers largely oppose Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd.’s proposed acquisition ofNorfolk Southern Corp., according to a survey by Cowen and Co. The survey found […] Read More »

FRCA Joins Over 100 Industry Groups Urging the U.S. House of Representatives to Pass STB Reauthorization.

The Honorable Paul Ryan Speaker of the House of Representatives Washington, DC  20515 The Honorable Nancy Pelosi Minority Leader of the House of Representatives Washington, DC  20515 Dear Speaker Ryan and Minority Leader Pelosi: The Rail Customer Coalition (RCC) strongly supports swift House passage of S. 808, the Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act of 2015. […] Read More »

Thune Statement on Enactment of Legislation to Continue Highway Funding, Avert a Railroad Shutdown.

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee Chairman John Thune (R-S.D.) issued the following statement on President Barack Obama signing H.R. 3819, a bill that authorizes highway funding through November 20, 2015, and averts a railroad service shutdown through an extension of the legal deadline for implementing positive train control technology. Sen. Thune […] Read More »

FRCA Sends Second Letter to Capitol Hill Urging Congress to Pursue PTC Deadline Extension As Soon As Possible

The Honorable Mitch McConnellMajority LeaderS-230, U.S. CapitolWashington, DC 20510The Honorable Harry ReidMinority LeaderS-221, U.S. Capitol Washington, DC 20510The Honorable John BoehnerSpeaker of the HouseH-232, U.S. CapitolWashington, DC 20515The Honorable Nancy PelosiMinority LeaderH-204, U.S. CapitolWashington, DC 20515Dear Leader McConnell, Leader Reid, Speaker Boehner, and Leader Pelosi –The Freight Rail Customer Alliance (FRCA) joins with the nation’s railroads, […] Read More »

FRCA Joins 135 Other Organizations Urging Congress to Pursue PTC Deadline Extension as Part of Next Highway Sort-Term Extension

The Honorable Mitch McConnellMajority LeaderS-230, U.S. CapitolWashington, DC 20510The Honorable Harry ReidMinority LeaderS-221, U.S. Capitol Washington, DC 20510The Honorable John Boehner Speaker of the HouseH-232, U.S. CapitolWashington, DC 20515The Honorable Nancy PelosiMinority LeaderH-204, U.S. CapitolWashington, DC 20515Dear Leader McConnell, Leader Reid, Speaker Boehner and Leader Pelosi,The undersigned organizations representing American farmers, manufacturers, retailers, energy providers and […] Read More »

FRCA Joins Forces with Industry Stakeholders Urging Congress to Extend PTC Deadline

TO THE MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS: The undersigned organizations representing American farmers, manufacturers, retailers, energy providers and other freight rail customers are concerned that large portions of the American rail network will be forced to shut down at year’s end without Congressional action to extend the deadline for the rail industry to fully […] Read More »

Freight Rail Customers Alliance (FRCA) Requests Support for Extension of Positive Train Control (PTC)

Dear Member of Congress:On behalf of the Freight Rail Customers Alliance (FRCA), I urge you today to support legislation extending the December 31, 2015 deadline for implementation of positive train control (PTC) by the nation’s freight railroads.PTC is a communications and signaling system that has been identified by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) as […] Read More »

Freight Rail Customer Alliance Launches – Advocating for Rail-Dependent Shippers

Customers United for Rail Equality Becomes Freight Rail Customer Alliance WASHINGTON – September 10, 2015 – A long-time advocate for freight rail shippers today announced a new name and a new advocacy approach. “The new Freight Rail Customer Alliance (FRCA) is a diverse and broad Washington, D.C.-based alliance for freight rail customers working together across […] Read More »

FRCA Announces $10 Million for States to Improve Highway-Rail Crossings, Track Along Energy Routes

Federal Railroad Administration September 2, 2015 https://www.fra.dot.gov/eLib/Details/L17033 WASHINGTON – The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) today announced that it is soliciting applications for $10 million in competitive grant funding available to states to improve highway-rail grade crossings and track along routes that transport energy products like crude oil and ethanol. The guidelines for the grant applications […] Read More »

FRCA Issue Priorities for the 114th Congress

During the current 114th Congress, the Freight Rail Customer Alliance (FRCA) supports the following legislation: Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act of 2015 S. 808 (S. Rpt. 114-52) Provides the first authorization for the STB since 1998 and establishes basic reforms and process enhancements for the Board.   [Refer to Side-by-Side insert for more information.] Rail […] Read More »

CURE Files Written Comments to STB as Revenue Adequacy Hearing Starts

For Immediate Release: July 21, 2015Contact: Ann Warner   202.465.8716 WASHINGTON, DC —David Sauer, president of Consumers United for Rail Equity (CURE) today praised the Surface Transportation Board (STB) for holding a public hearing on railroad revenue adequacy (Docket No. EP 722). In announcing the hearing in May, then-Acting Surface Transportation Board Chair Deb Miller stated that, “given […] Read More »

July 21, 2015, CURE Submitted Comments-STB Revenue Adequacy Hearing.

BEFORE THE SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARDDOCKET NO. EP 722 RAILROAD REVENUE ADEQUACYDOCKET NO. EP 664 (Sub-No. 2)PETITION OF THE WESTERN COAL TRAFFIC LEAGUE TO INSTITUTE A RULEMAKING PROCEEDING TO ABOLISH THE USE OF THE MULTI-STAGE DISCOUNTED CASH FLOW MODEL IN DETERMINING THE RAILROAD INDUSTRY’S COST OF EQUITY CAPITALCONSUMERS UNITED FOR RAIL EQUITY WRITTEN SUBMISSION FOR PUBLIC […] Read More »

CURE Compliments Elliott on Senate Confirmation to the STB.

For Immediate Release:  June 22, 2015Contact: Ann Warner202.465.8716 WASHINGTON, DC — David Sauer, president of Consumers United for Rail Equity (CURE) issued the following statement on today’s vote by the U.S. Senate to confirm Daniel R. Elliott III to a second term on the Surface Transportation Board (STB): “While chairman of the STB, Mr. Elliott earned the respect […] Read More »

CURE Praises U.S. Senate on Passage of STB Reauthorization.

For Immediate Release:June 18, 2015Contact: Ann Warner202.465.8716  WASHINGTON, D.C. – Consumers United for Rail Equity (CURE) today congratulated the U.S. Senate for passing legislation reauthorizing the Surface Transportation Board for the first time since the agency was created in 1995. “The Surface Transportation Board (STB) Reauthorization Act of 2015 (S.808), is the first railroad reform measure since […] Read More »

CURE Hails Senate Commerce Vote on Confirmation of Elliott to STB

For Immediate Release: May 20, 2015Contact: Ann Warner 202-465-8716CURE Hails Senate Commerce Vote on Confirmation of Elliott to STBWASHINGTON, DC — Today’s voice vote by the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee to confirm Daniel R. Elliott III to serve a second term on the Surface Transportation Board (STB) is a key step to bringing […] Read More »

CURE Praises Senate Committee for Holding STB Confirmation Hearing

For Immediate Release: May 6, 2015Contact: Ann WarnerWASHINGTON, DC — Consumers United for Rail Equity (CURE) today praised the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee for holding a hearing on the confirmation of Daniel R. Elliott III to serve a second term on the Surface Transportation Board.Mr. Elliott’s previous term on the STB, including his […] Read More »

CURE Letter of Support for Daniel Elliott

April 20, 2015  The Honorable John Thune, Chairman Senate Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee 253 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510  The Honorable Bill Nelson, Ranking Member Senate Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee 253 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510   Dear Chairman Thune and Ranking Member Nelson:  Consumers United for Rail Equity […] Read More »

CURE Praises Senate Commerce Committee for Approving STB Reauthorization Bill on March 25, 2015

For Immediate Release March 25, 2015 Contact: Ann Warner 202.465.8716 WASHINGTON, D.C. – David Sauer, President of Consumers United for Rail Equity (CURE), called today’s bipartisan approval by the Senate Commerce Committee of legislation reauthorizing the Surface Transportation Board (STB) a “major step toward reforming the 20-year-old agency.” "The STB’s is meant to provide oversight […] Read More »

CURE Praises Introduction of “Rail Shipper Fairness Act of 2015”

For Immediate Release: March 24, 2015 Contact: Ann Warner 202.465.8716 WASHINGTON, D.C. – David Sauer, President of Consumers United for Rail Equity (CURE), praised today’s introduction of the Rail Shipper Fairness Act of 2105 by Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI). “Senator Baldwin has been a forceful advocate of freight rail shippers dating back to her time […] Read More »

CURE Press Release Supporting Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act of 2015

For Immediate Release: March 19, 2015 Contact: Ann Warner  202-465-8716 WASHINGTON, D.C. – David Sauer, President of Consumers United for Rail Equity (CURE), praised today’s introduction of bipartisan legislation reauthorizing the Surface Transportation Board (STB) for the first time in the agency’s 20-year history. “On behalf of CURE’s members and all freight rail shippers, I […] Read More »

Hearing: How the Changing Energy Markets Will Affect U.S. Transportation

2167 Rayburn House Office Building Tuesday, February 03, 2015 @ 10:00 | Contact: Contact: Jim Billimoria 202-225-9446 This is a hearing of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials.   Summary of Subject Matter Witness List:   Mr. Edward R. Hamberger, President and Chief Executive Officer, Association of American Railroads Mr. Jack N. Gerard, […] Read More »

Hearings: Subcommittee to Convene Hearing on Surface Transportation Network

Republican Press Office – (202) 224-1251 Jan 29 2015 10:00 AM Senate Russell Office Buildomg – 253 WASHINGTON, D.C.— U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) will convene the Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security on Thursday, January 29, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. for its first hearing of the 114th Congress entitled, […] Read More »

Hearings: Freight Rail Transportation: Enhancing Safety, Efficiency, and Commerce

Republican Press Office – (202) 224-1251 Jan 28 2015 10:00 AM Senate Russell Office Building – 253 The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation will convene a full committee hearing, “Freight Rail Transportation: Enhancing Safety, Efficiency, and Commerce” on Wednesday, January 28, 2015, at 10 a.m. The hearing will focus on challenges facing our nation’s […] Read More »

Committee Hearing to Examine Freight Rail Transportation Challenges

Republican Press Office 202-224-1246 Jan 21 2015 WASHINGTON, D.C.— U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, today announced that the committee will convene a full committee hearing, “Freight Rail Transportation: Enhancing Safety, Efficiency, and Commerce” on Wednesday, January 28, 2015, at 10 a.m. The hearing will focus […] Read More »

Consumers United for Rail Equity Names Transportation Advocate Ann Warner To Serve As Interim Executive Director

Alexandria, VA – Consumers United for Rail Equity (CURE) today announced that transportation advocate Ann Warner will serve as interim executive director during the restructuring of the coalition of freight rail shippers. The announcement was made by CURE President David Sauer (chief operating officer and senior vice president of Dakota Gasification Company) and Immediate Past […] Read More »

2014

Consumers United for Rail Equity Announces New Leadership and New Mission

Alexandria, VA –Consumers United for Rail Equity (CURE) today announced its 2015 volunteer leadership and its plans to restructure the coalition of freight rail shippers. At its recent annual meeting in Arlington VA, the coalition appointed the following officers: President: David Sauer, chief operating officer and senior vice president of Dakota Gasification Company (Dakota Gas), […] Read More »

APPA, EEI, NARUC, and NRECA Urge STB to Monitor Rail Service Issues

On April 9, 2014, the American Public Power Association (APPA), the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association sent a letter to the Surface Transportation Board (STB) commending the the STB for opening a proceeding, Ex Parte 724, to examine rail service issues […] Read More »

Senate Confirms Deb Miller as STB Commissioner

Senate Confirms Deb Miller as STB Commissioner April 7, 2014 Read More »

CURE Comments on Shipper Testimony to National Academy of Sciences Transportation Research Board

Contact: Steve Sharp 501-570-2467 Steve.Sharp@aecc.com   March 17, 2014   RAIL REGULATION REFORMS NECESSARY TO ENSURE  COMPETITIVE RAIL SERVICE   WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Friday March 14, 2013, the National Academy of Sciences Transportation Research Board (TRB), heard testimony from railroads and rail shippers as the TRB sought input for its comprehensive study of the nation’s […] Read More »

CURE Urges Senate Leaders to Confirm Miller as STB Commissioner

CURE Letter to Senate Leadership Urges Confirmation of Ms. Debra Miller as Commissioner at the Surface Transportation Board Read More »

CURE Applauds Commerce Committee Vote for Deb Miller

CURE Applauds Commerce Committee Vote for Deb Miller January 14, 2014 Contact: Mark Hayes | 703.907.5652 | mark.hayes@nreca.coop WASHINGTON, D.C. – Steve Sharp, of the Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation and President of Consumers United for Rail Equity (CURE), welcomed the unanimous support of the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee for Deb Miller as a member of […] Read More »

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