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Transportation

The transportation practice of Baker & Miller PLLC is a core area of service. Several of our attorneys are recognized for their knowledge and experience representing a variety of public and private parties in domestic and international matters involving railroad industry regulations and transactions. Key industry segments served include representation and counseling to:

  • Railroad lines (freight and passenger) on matters relating to sales, consolidations, mergers, acquisitions, and regulatory issues
  • Trucking fleet owners and operators on regulatory issues, mergers, acquisitions and related matter
  • Legislative Support – Advocating for Change

    Baker & Miller PLLC has advocated client interests and advised them on matters before various government agencies to include:
    – U.S. Congress
    – Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
    – Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)
    – Railroad Retirement Board (RRB)
    – Surface Transportation Board (STB)
    – U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)
    – U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)

    We have helped negotiate, draft and implement contracts; developed regulatory and antitrust compliance programs; provided regulatory due diligence in consolidations; worked with management to develop strategies to achieve cost reductions for transportation services; and created and reviewed logistics and supply agreements.

    In short, no matter the mode or the issue, if it involves the transportation industry, Baker & Miller PLLC can provide significant value in addressing your concerns, protecting your strategic value, and helping you to reduce costs on railroad issues, trucking issues, and legislative issues.

  • Railroad Legal Services

    Our railroad practice services assist carriers, shippers and governments in the following areas:
    – Participating in Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) rulemakings and representing clients before the FRA
    – Facilitating rail line sales and abandonment of inactive rail lines, negotiating acquisitions, and obtaining all necessary corporate and regulatory approvals
    – Assisting clients in submitting applications for federal loan funding programs, including the Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing (RRIF) program
    – Recording security interests in rail rolling stock as required by lending agreements
    – Advising clients on regulatory issues arising under the ICC Termination Act of 1995
    – Negotiating rate and service contracts, trackage rights agreements and joint facility agreements
    – Helping shippers and railroads to acquire underutilized rail lines through the feeder railroad development and offer of financial assistance forced-sale processes
    – Organizing rail line acquisitions by several clients, dealing with regulatory authorization and compliance matters, real estate issues and operating contracts
    – Representing shippers and carriers in rail line construction proceedings that create alternative service routes and additional competition
    – Providing advice regarding the rail privatization process in Mexico

  • Legislative Support – Advocating for Change

    In addition to Baker & Miller PLLC’s work for railroad industry clients, the firm also provides comprehensive representation and counseling to clients across transportation industry ecosystems on a broad range of commercial matters involving:
    – Regulatory issues on compliance, jurisdictional questions, and other related matters
    – Transactional matters such as contracts, mergers and acquisitions, and licensing
    – Legislative matters
    Baker & Miller PLLC is recognized for years of contributions related to trucking industry oversight and enforcement, and to assisting clients that include:
    – Shippers
    – Warehousers
    – Logistics companies
    – Investors
    – State and local governments