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Amtrak Barred From Holding Freight Rail Accountable for Delays

Amtrak, the U.S. long-distance passenger railroad, lost its power to assess blame when its trains are delayed and to have a say in whether freight railroads causing those holdups are penalized.

The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington yesterday ruled the taxpayer-supported service is a private company to which Congress improperly gave regulatory power over freight railroads such as Union Pacific Corp. and Warren Buffett’s Burlington Northern Santa Fe.