regulatory law | transportation | Trains
Federal authorities regulate most aspects of rail operation. But the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), which was initially established a century ago to regulate rail service, still has jurisdiction over significant aspects of it. Even certain publicly owned rail systems like Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) in Northern California and publicly owned systems in Southern California are subject to CPUC jurisdiction with respect to safety-related issues.
Additionally, the CPUC must approve all rail crossings in California. Goodin MacBride attorneys have represented municipalities in connection with rail operations within city boundaries.