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|Chicago Mayor Proposes Ordinance to Increase Transit-oriented Development near CTA, Metra Stops: 5 Key Changes, 2 Open Issues|
DLA Piper (Canada) LLP;
September 9, 2015, previously published on August 3, 2015Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has introduced an ordinance to the City Council that would put in place key changes to the zoning ordinance’s transit-oriented development (TOD) provisions.
|Whose Right of Way is it Anyway?|
Emily Perkins; Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen Professional Corporation;
September 4, 2015, previously published on August 2015A road's right of way is something often taken for granted, but is more important than one might think. A typical person may recognize a right of way as the driving lanes, shoulders, ditches, and slight corners at intersections. In fact, a right of way is defined by the Illinois Department of...
|The Latest on the Transportation Bill|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
August 7, 2015, previously published on July 31, 2015On Wednesday, the House officially called the Senate's bluff. The lower chamber voted, by a 385 to 34 margin, for a three-month extension of the federal transportation funding, an extension that will buy Congress until the end of October to reach a new deal. After voting for the extension, the...
|Transportation Bill Advances in Senate|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
July 31, 2015, previously published on July 24, 2015The Senate bill under consideration would extend the highway trust fund for six years, but provides funding for only the first three years. The pay-fors the Senate does identify include a $16.3 billion proposal derived from cutting dividends paid by the Federal Reserve to large banks, another $9...
|North Dakota Supreme Court — Ownership of Minerals Under Land Deeded to Railroads by Private Landowners|
Lynne J. Boomgaarden, John R. Lee, John W. Morrison; Crowley Fleck PLLP;
July 30, 2015, previously published on July 17, 2015In a recently decided case—EOG Resources, Inc. v. Soo Line R.R. Co., 2015 ND 187—a divided North Dakota Supreme Court held that a series of deeds from fee owners to a railroad, all titled “Warranty Deed—Right of Way,” unambiguously conveyed fee interests to the...
|State of Ohio Reaches $11.5 million Settlement with Road Salt Providers Cargill and Morton to Resolve Price-Fixing Claims|
Stephen L. Byron, Benjamin G. Chojnacki, Ellen R. Kirtner; Walter, Haverfield LLP;
July 7, 2015, previously published on June 2015Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced yesterday that the State of Ohio has reached a settlement in its price-fixing lawsuit against road salt providers Cargill, Inc. and Morton Salt, Inc.
|Oregon: Department of Transportation Seeks Volunteers for Pilot Program Taxing Miles
David H. Godenswager, David M. Kall, Susan Millradt McGlone; McDonald Hopkins LLC;
July 3, 2015, previously published on June 25, 2015The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has announced OReGO, its road usage charge program designed to create "a fair and sustainable way to fund road maintenance, preservation, and improvements for all Oregonians."
|Ninth Circuit Holds No Status Quo Obligation During First Contract Negotiations Under Railway Labor Act|
Todd C. Duffield; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
June 24, 2015, previously published on June 17, 2015On June 8, 2015, in International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Airlines Division v. Allegiant Air, LLC, No. 14-16465 (June 8, 2015), the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that under the Railway Labor Act (RLA), employers are not precluded from unilaterally changing working conditions during...
|Be Prepared... Amtrak Train 188 Derailment|
Vincent T. Cieslik; Capehart & Scatchard, P.A.;
June 15, 2015, previously published on May 28, 2015Shortly after 9:30 pm on May 12, 2015, Amtrak Regional Train #188 left the tracks on a curve in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia, north of 30th Street Station. Amtrak and emergency response personnel rushed to the late-night accident scene and the nightly news reported the disaster in real...
|Oregon Test Drives Gas Tax Alternative|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
June 2, 2015, previously published on May 22, 2015The debate over a long-term transportation bill inevitably breaks down over the question of how to pay for it. The trust fund is currently funded by a federal gas tax. But, over the last few years more and more have begun to question whether or not there is a better and smarter way to raise the...