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Railroads’ Common Carrier Obligation ‘Not Absolute’

12:00 PM MDT | May 6, 2008 | Esther D’Amico with Rebecca Coons

The rail industry’s common carrier obligation is not absolute and consideration of what is a “reasonable” shipper request should take into account the industry’s current and prospective capacity constraints, says the Association of American Railroads (AAR; Washington). Also, should a reasonable request question arise, the Surface Transportation Board (STB; Washington) and the courts should be the decision-makers, AAR testified last month at an STB hearing on the controversial obligation (CW, April 28, p. 8). AAR was one of many...

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