Thompson Hine LLP

Transportation: Rail (for Shippers) Department

USA - Nationwide
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We have extensive experience in rail and intermodal transportation matters, both with individual companies and at the national policy level. We have represented railroad customers in virtually every major rulemaking at the STB and its predecessor, the ICC, in the last 40 years. Clients rely on us for advice and representation related to:

  • Strategies for efficient, cost-effective transportation of raw materials, components and finished products
  • STB rulemakings on rail rates and service and competitive access, including switching arrangements and exempt commodities
  • Rail fuel surcharge matters and litigation
  • STB disputes involving rail rates, reasonable tariff practices and railroad service obligations
  • STB federal preemption proceedings
  • Rail and intermodal transportation contracts between and among shippers, carriers and intermediaries
  • Regulatory requirements and risks involved in transporting hazardous materials by rail
  • Rail car leases, track agreements and other rail-related agreements
  • Rail contract, lease and service disputes
  • Railroad construction, crossing and abandonment proceedings and other railroad-related property matters
  • Competitive rail transportation options