Digest: Short line association hails ruling on Illinois crew-size law

Monday afternoon rail news:ASLRRA hails court decision striking down Illinois crew-size lawThe American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association is hailing a court decision striking down an Illinois law requiring two-man train crews. Judge Edmond E. Chang of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, ruled on Sept. 30 that the Federal Railroad Administration’s decision to withdraw a proposed crew-size rule is effectively a federal regulation, and as such, is a federal law that preempts the Illinois state law. ASLRRA President Chuck Baker calls the decision “a very compelling argument against the legitimacy of state minimum crew size laws” that could be shared with other states considering similar laws. He notes that the Illinois Commerce Commission and the unions that were defendants in the case brought by the Indiana Rail Road do have the right to appeal.

Canadian Pacific, Maersk sign multiyear agreement to move traffic through Vancouver, MontrealCanadian Pacific has announced a multiyear agreement with shipping firm A.P. Moller-Maersk, the world’s largest container-ship operator, to move freight through the ports of Vancouver and Montreal. The agreement follows an earlier announcement that the two companies would build a new transload and distribution facility in Vancouver, British Columbia [see “Digest: CP, Maersk announce plans for transload facility in Vancouver,” Trains News Wire, Sept. 15, 2020]. The agreement is expected to lea....

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