Surface Transportation Board Holds 3-Day Rail Merger Hearing
After seven public meetings about the proposed merger of Canadian Pacific Railway and Kansas City Southern -- in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, and Texas -- this week, a federal agency will hold a three-day hearing in Washington, DC.
The hearing of theSurface Transportation Board will begin Wednesday in person and online. Many residents are concerned about noise, traffic delays, and public safety.
Michael Booth, Public Affairs Officer for the board, says the three-day hearing is formal and will feature witness testimony, rebuttals, and questions from members of the board. The registration deadline to testify has already passed.
Booth also says the Board "typically separates public input from the evidentiary portion of the hearing."
For example, at a recent hearing, the board took one day for registered speakers to comment, and the comments were grouped together by topic. The second part is the evidentiary hearing with parties involved in the application.
There's also still plenty of time to send written comments by mail or online to the Surface Transportation Board about the Canadian Pacific proposed merger with Kansas City Southern. The deadline is October 14th.
The board may release its final decision early next year.
The three-day hearing will be live-streamed on the Surface Transportation Board's YouTube channel.