The Norfolk Southern Railway (reporting mark NS) is a major Class I railroad in the United States, owned by the Norfolk Southern Corporation. With headquarters in Norfolk, Virginia, the company operates 21,500 route miles in 22 eastern states, the District of Columbia and the province of Ontario, Canada. The most common commodity hauled on the railroad is coal from mines in Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. The railroad also offers an extensive intermodal network in eastern North America. The current system was formed in 1982 with the creation of the Norfolk Southern Corporation, a holding company, and on December 31, 1990, the Southern Railway was renamed Norfolk Southern Railway, and control of the Norfolk and Western Railway was transferred from the holding company to the Norfolk Southern Railway. In 1999, the system grew substantially with the acquisition of over half of Conrail.
Campaign Finance$12,533,462 Given
Figures are based on itemized contributions reported to the Federal Election Commission and state agencies. Please note that:
- contributions under $200 are not reported, and so are not included in totals.
- only contributions from individuals and organizations to candidates are included. Various accounting measures and more exotic contribution types are excluded.
- contributions are matched based on organization and recipient name reported within each election cycle. Contributions using an incorrect or non-standard version of the name may be missed.
- corporate name changes and mergers may cause figures to differ from those of the Center for Responsive Politics.
- organization totals include known subsidiaries of the organization.
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Republicans vs. Democratsin dollars. "Other" includes 3rd parties and organizations without official party affiliation.
State vs. Federalin dollars
Top PAC Recipients
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Figures are based on lobbying activity reported to the Senate Office of Public Records. Reported dollar amounts are required to be accurate only to the nearest $20,000. For organizations whose primary business is lobbying, we display total income and top clients. For organizations that are not primarily lobbying firms, we display total amount spent on lobbying and top lobbying firms hired.
For more information, please see our lobbying methodology page.
Lobbying on Behalf of Norfolk Southern
Names of Lobbyists
Firm Hired Amount Norfolk Southern $57,768,592 Conrail Inc $720,000 Fleishman-Hillard Inc $80,000
Most Frequently Disclosed Lobbying Issues
- Fed Budget & Appropriations,
- Roads & Highways,
- Labor, Antitrust & Workplace,
- Energy & Nuclear Power,
- Hazardous & Solid Waste,
- Clean Air & Water,
- Homeland Security
Most Frequently Disclosed Bills
Bill No. Title S.146 Railroad Antitrust Enforcement Act of 2009 H.R.233 Railroad Antitrust Enforcement Act of 2009 S.49 Railroad Antitrust Enforcement Act of 2011 S.158 Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act of 2011 H.R.1806 Freight Rail Infrastructure Capacity Expansion Act of 2009 S.2889 Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act of 2009 H.R.2116 Freight Rail Infrastructure Capacity Expansion Act of 2007 S.1125 Freight Rail Infrastructure Capacity Expansion Act of 2007 H.R.2095 Federal Railroad Safety Improvement Act of 2007 H.R.2125 Surface Transportation Safety Act of 2009
RegulationsMentioned in 1456 dockets; Submitted to 64 dockets
All data is based on documents downloaded from Regulations.gov. The first table shows mentions: all documents that include the name of the company anywhere in the document or document metadata. The second table shows submissions: all documents where the submitter metadata included the company name. Each table shows the top 10 dockets, ranked by number of occurrences.
Matches are based on a search for the company name. Variations in the company name, such as acronyms, nicknames or alternate names may cause documents to be missed. The mention of a company name in a document may be incidental and does not necessarily indicate that the company has any relevance to the document. Company names that are common English words may erroneously match with text that is not referring to the company.
Not all agencies submit public comments to Regulations.gov. For a list of participating and non-participating agencies see here. Agencies that do submit to Regulations.gov have varying levels of accuracy and completeness.
Regulations and public comments can be downloaded in bulk here.
The tables show occurrences of "Norfolk Southern" in public comments on proposed federal regulations.
Documents Submitted by the Organization
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- Toggle 6 FRA Norfolk Southern Corporation - Request for Administrative Hearing 2008
- Toggle 5 FRA Norfolk Southern Corporation - Waiver Petition 2003
- Toggle 5 FRA BNSF Railway Company & Norfolk Southern Railways - Waiver Petition 2006
- Toggle 5 FRA Norfolk Southern Corporation - Waiver Petition 2002
- Toggle 4 PHMSA Hazardous Materials: Enhancing Rail Transportation Security for Toxic Inhalation 2004
- Toggle 4 FRA Norfolk Southern - Waiver Petition 2002
- Toggle 3 PHMSA State of Louisiana, Department of Public Safety and Corrections - Inconsistency Ruling 2003
- Toggle 3 FRA Norfolk Southern Corporation - Waiver Petition 2001
- Toggle 2 FRA Reading and Northern Railroad - Waiver Petition 2003
- Toggle 2 FRA Norfolk Southern - Waiver Petition 2003
Mentions in Document Text
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- Toggle 58 FRA Use of Locomotive Horns and Grade Crossings 1999
- Toggle 33 FRA BNSF Railway Company & Norfolk Southern Railways - Waiver Petition 2006
- Toggle 25 FRA Norfolk Southern Corporation - Request for Administrative Hearing 2008
- Toggle 22 FRA Draft Environmental Impact Statement on Effects of Locomotive Horn Rulemaking 1999
- Toggle 22 FRA Maryland Mass Transit Administration - Petition for Grandfathering and Petition for Waiver 2000
- Toggle 22 EPA None Unknown
- Toggle 20 PHMSA Hazardous Materials: Enhancing Rail Transportation Security for Toxic Inhalation 2004
- Toggle 20 FRA Norfolk Southern Railroad - Positive Train Control Plans 2010
- Toggle 19 FRA R.R. Fidler - Decision to Revoke a Locomotive Engineers' Certification 2001
- Toggle 18 FRA Railroad Safety Advisory Committee 2000
EPA Violations3 Enforcement Actions
Figures are based on data from the Environmental Protection Agency’s ECHO website. The ECHO database contains federal and state environmental enforcement actions. Data displayed here includes only those actions that began after 2000 and resulted in fines of over $1 million.
Actions where the company was the sole defendant are listed first. Actions where the company is one of multiple defendants are listed subsequently.
For more information see our EPA methodology page.
|Norfolk Southern Railway Company||Norfolk Southern Railway Company||2010||Graniteville, Sc||$5,184,000|
|Sauget Area 2 Unilateral Admin Order (Cercla)||Northfolk Southern Corp (+76 others)||2002||Sauget, Il||$26,500,000|
|Abb, Inc. Et Al (Spectron Deminimis Settlement)||Norfolk Southern Railway Company (+547 others)||2003||Elkton, Md||$2,803,841|
Advisory Committees13 people on 5 committees
Data is based on disclosures required by the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). Matches are based on the occurrence of the company name in the committee member affiliation. Variations in company names may cause some matches to be missed.
The table shows only the top 10 agencies. To search and download raw records from the complete dataset see the FACA data section.
Table shows employees of "Norfolk Southern" that sat on federal advisory committees.
- Toggle Surface Transportation Board 9 people on 2 committees
- Toggle Department of Energy 2 people on 1 committee
- Toggle Department of Transportation 2 people on 2 committees