Railroads win Amtrak OTP fight

July 17, 2017

Eighth Circuit Court rules in railroads’ favor re: Amtrak OTP

Written by Frank N. Wilner, Contributing Editor, Railway Age Magazine; July 14, 2017

In a major victory for freight railroads, a Surface Transportation Board (STB) attempt to revive what previously was ruled an unconstitutional regulatory scheme has been blocked by the federal Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.

In a July 12 ruling, the Eighth Circuit, headquartered in St. Louis, said the STB exceeded its authority in attempting to define Amtrak on-time performance as part of an investigation into delays when Amtrak passenger trains operate over privately owned freight railroad rights-of-way.

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