Digest: Railroads ask STB to consider arbitration system to settle rate disputes

News Wire Digest for Aug. 3: Two charged in theft and sale of electric railroad wire; man struck by vehicle on Amtrak platform
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Monday morning rail news in brief:

Railroads seek arbitration system for rate disputes
Five Class I railroads have asked the Surface Transportation Board to consider an arbitration system to settle rate disputes. The proposal, which comes from Canadian National, CSX Transportation, Kansas City Southern, Norfolk Southern, and Union Pacific, is detailed in a July 31 filing with the Board. The proposal, known as the Small Case Arbitration Program, would provide "incentivize both railroads and shippers to consent to voluntarily arbitrate rate disputes under an efficient, mutually beneficial" program, according to the filing. Key points in the proposal are "confidentiality, relief and use limits, and early withdrawal options for exceptional circumstances." Such a program would "would complete and complement the Board’s existing suite of available rate review methodologies," according to the petitioners.

60 miles of copper stolen from shuttered railroad
Two Arizona siblings are accused in the theft and sale of more than 60 miles of copper, more than 100,000 pounds, from the former Black Mesa & Lake Powell electric utility railroad in northern Arizona and New Mexico, the Deseret News reports. The two allegedly sold the copper for scrap, which they obtained from another unnamed family member. The railroad, which opened in 1978 to serve the Navajo Generating Station near Page, Ariz., shut down in late 2019 as the power plant and mine were closed.

Man on station platform struck by automobile
An unidentified man was truck by an automobile while standing on the Amtrak station platform in Suisun City, Calif., on Saturday morning, KCRA-TV reports. The man was taken to a trauma center for evaluation, according to the report, and the car ended up on the tracks. The station, known as Suisun-Fairfield, serves Amtrak's Capitol Corridor trains.
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