Issue: Whether Section 207 of the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008, which requires the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and Amtrak to “jointly . . . develop” the metrics and standards for Amtrak’s performance that will be used in part to determine whether the Surface Transportation Board (STB) will investigate a freight railroad for failing to provide the preference for Amtrak’s passenger trains that is required by federal law, and provides for the STB to appoint an arbitrator if the FRA and Amtrak cannot agree on the metrics and standards within 180 days, effects an unconstitutional delegation of legislative power to a private entity.
Proceedings and Orders
Dec 27 2013
Application (13A678) to extend the time to file a petition for a writ of certiorari from January 9, 2014 to February 7, 2014, submitted to The Chief Justice.
Dec 31 2013
Application (13A678) granted by The Chief Justice extending the time to file until February 7, 2014.
Jan 27 2014
Application (13A678) to extend further the time from February 7, 2014 to March 10, 2014, submitted to The Chief Justice.
Jan 28 2014
Application (13A678) granted by The Chief Justice extending the time to file until March 10, 2014.
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