We regularly draw upon our significant experience with the development, operation, and regulation of freight and passenger transportation service to advise and represent both public and private clients on interaction with freight networks and infrastructure, from freight railroads to ports to intermodal facilities. From negotiating access agreements and contracts for operation or transfer of freight rail lines, to representing clients before state and federal freight rail regulators and in litigation, we bring a diverse range of knowledge informing a full range of freight rail issues.
We have represented states and local governments in developing, maintaining, or eliminating freight rail service on rail lines – both publicly and privately owned – and serving publicly owned facilities and infrastructure. We also represent public entities and private landowners, shippers, operators and developers in navigating the complex freight rail regulatory landscape, particularly in the context of federal preemption of state and local regulation of common carrier rail service. We have significant experience negotiating with both Class I freight railroads and a number of smaller freight railroads. We also represent ports and intermodal facility owners and operators.