Senate Approves Karen Hedlund to the Surface Transportation Board

Railway Age is reporting that the Senate voted to approve Karen Hedlund to succeed Board Member Ann Begeman. 

In an April 2021 statement announcing Ms. Hedlund’s nomination, the Whitehouse summarized her  career “as a legal advisor to federal, state, and local governments on the development and financing of infrastructure projects across the United States, including rail, transit, highways, airports, water and energy facilities.”

Ms. Hedlund served as Chief Counsel and Deputy Administrator for the Federal Railroad Administration from 2010 to 2014, where she “helped implement and provide oversight of the $10 billion intercity passenger rail program and the funding of improvements to the national freight rail system.”

Prior to joining the Department of Transportation, Ms. Hedlund was a partner with Nossaman LLP, advising state and local government clients on the use of public-private partnerships.

Ms. Hedlund will be joining the Board as the it considers a variety of significant matters including the CP/KCS control proceeding and reciprocal switching.

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