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CSX files new regulatory review schedule for Pan Am acquisition

By Bill Stephens | April 1, 2021

Submission to STB reflects decision to treat deal as 'significant' transaction

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CSX logoWASHINGTON — CSX Transportation today proposed a new merger review schedule that would cover its acquisition of New England regional Pan Am Railways.

The Surface Transportation Board last week said the transaction should be considered a “significant” deal, not the “minor” transaction CSX had sought, and ordered CSX to submit a new schedule and merger application.

CSX said it would file a new application on April 26. Comments on the deal would be due by July 9, with final briefs due Sept. 30. The STB would serve its final decision on Dec. 29, with it becoming effective on Jan. 28, 2022, under CSX’s proposed timeline.

Meanwhile, the CSX-Pan Am deal picked up the support of intermodal shipper Hub Group, which has joined J.B. Hunt in backing the transaction. Both intermodal customers currently use Norfolk Southern service to Ayer, Mass., via Pan Am’s Hoosac Tunnel. Those trains would shift to the faster and full clearance CSX-Pan Am route via Worcester, Mass., if the CSX-Pan Am deal is approved.

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  1. With new aggrement with CSX with the new connection at Voorheesville NY. why is Norfolk Southern limited to one train per day in each direction to Worcester Mass and limited to 9,000 FT long trains including locomotives , since you cant run double stacked container trains to Ayer Mass thru the Hoosac Tunnel cause of height restrictions , they need to go over this aggrement with a fine tooth comb , cause at some point CSX might need to run trains on Norfolk Southern tracks due to derailments of other maintence problems .

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