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Norfolk Southern Railway Company v. Public Utility Commission

IN THE SUPREME COURT OF PENNSYLVANIA MIDDLE DISTRICT


July 31, 2012

NORFOLK SOUTHERN RAILWAY COMPANY, RESPONDENT
v.
PUBLIC UTILITY COMMISSION, PETITIONER PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION, COUNTY OF LANCASTER, EAST HEMPFIELD TOWNSHIP, INTERVENORS

Petition for Allowance of Appeal from the Order of the Commonwealth Court

Per curiam.

ORDER

AND NOW, this 31st day of July 2012, the Petition for Allowance of Appeal is GRANTED. The issues, as stated by petitioner, are:

(1) Did the Commonwealth Court depart from accepted judicial practice or abuse its discretion when the court ignored the plain language of Section 2704(a) of the Public Utility Code, 66 Pa.C.S. § 2704(a), and held that where "a railroad pays to operate on a rail line but has no ownership interest in or maintenance responsibility for the rail line or facilities at a crossing, it is not a 'concerned party' subject to allocation under Section 2704(a)?

(2) Has the Commonwealth Court departed from accepted judicial practice or abused its discretion by following the exception, rather than the rule, and citing City of Chester v. Pa. Public Utility Commission, 798 A.2d 288 (Pa. Cmwlth. 2002) to carve out a narrow "ownership" requirement solely for railroads to be a party under § 2704(a), when no other public utility is held to the same standard?

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