Hundreds of yea/nay commentary pages were filed with the STB re: CSX's Pan Amquisition:
US DoT votes neutral but wants STB to apply conditions to ensure future passenger rail growth isn't threatened:
https://dcms-external.s3.amazonaws.com/ ... 303094.pdf
State of Vt (Vtrans) says "no, no, no!" as it believes its NS/CSX interchange traffic is threatened in unspecified ways
https://dcms-external.s3.amazonaws.com/ ... 303095.pdf
Norfolk Southern indicates NS has the most to lose if B&E/GWI goes awry v. VTrans
https://dcms-external.s3.amazonaws.com/ ... 303096.pdf
B&E/G&W explains they won't disrupt competitive balance as B&E is just the contracted operator of the entity, PAS, who sets the rates and haulage agreements for owners NS and CSX.
https://dcms-external.s3.amazonaws.com/ ... 303099.pdf
And lastly CSX files 368 pages documenting "...responses to all comments, protests, requests for conditions, and other opposition, including to DOJ and USDOT filings, along with rebuttal in support of the Revised Application and Related Transactions..."
https://dcms-external.s3.amazonaws.com/ ... 303102.pdf
Question: in its filing, NS says multiple times when supporting its intent to operate double stack IM service to/from Ayer via the B&A route that currently Hoosac Tunnel clearance limits require NS to filet/toupee containers at Mechanicville. Is such an operation happening on a daily basis, sporadically, or never? Seems to me if PAS was removing lots of top containers in double stacked wells bound for Ayer on 22K, that there would need to be a bunch of empty spine or well cars available to hold these re-located containers for conveyance to Ayer. Or are the top containers being fileted at Mechanicville and then drayed to the metro Boston area?