Judge says Reading & Northern lawsuit may proceed

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A Pennsylvania county judge's ruling allows a Reading & Northern lawsuit against a regional state agency to move forward despite agency objections.

News releases from the railroad, also known as the Reading, Blue Mountain & Northern, and the Susquehanna Economic Development Association-Council of Governments Joint Rail Authority each make the most of a Northumberland County judge's procedural order on Aug. 12. In that order, the judge says the railroad can move forward to sue in Pennsylvania courts over a competitive bidding process for a railroad operating concession.

Railroad managers say that the rail authority designed a bid process that excluded the railroad from operating authority lines now operated by the North Shore Railroad Co. group of railroads. Rail authority managers say their process is fair.

Northeastern Pennsylvania regional media first reported on the lawsuit in July 2015 and have followed updates with the ins and outs of litigation, including the judge's latest orders.

The authority and co-defendants in the lawsuit have until early September to file motions objecting to the judge’s ruling.

EDITOR'S NOTE: An earlier version of this story was incomplete. It now includes details from the railroad, the authority, and a judge's written orders.

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