STB postpones consideration of petitions in Coos Bay rail dispute

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COOS BAY, Ore. — Coos Bay Rail Link has won the first round in its dispute with the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay over operations on 133 miles of rail line the port owns.

The Surface Transportation Board on July 2 postponed consideration of a petition by the port to assume operations on the line. The port claimed that by setting up a subsidiary operator was an “in-house transaction” that was exempt from several STB rules.

Rail Link's counter petition claimed the port's request was beyond a “plain vanilla” transaction, and an attempt to cancel the short line's management agreement, which runs to 2023. Rail Link also noted several contractual issues that are going to arbitration.

The STB's order did not specify a date when the two petitions would be considered.
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