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STB Communicates Concern Over Service Issues to Class I Railroads

(Jeff Berman – Logistics Management)

Railroad service issues once again have the attention of the Department of Transportation’s Surface Transportation Board (STB), with STB Acting Chairman Ann Begeman and Vice Chairman Deb Miller penning letters to the top executives at the seven North American Class I railroads, requesting each carrier’s service outlook for both the near term and the rest of 2018.

“In recent weeks, the Board has become increasingly concerned about the overall state of rail service based on the weekly data collected by the Board pursuant to 49 C.F.R. pt. 1250,” the STB executives wrote. “Although there are exceptions, most Class I railroads’ data indicate that service is deteriorating, while system average dwell time has climbed. For those same railroads, other key metrics-such as the average number of cars in revenue service that have not moved in 48 hours or more-are trending in an unfavorable direction. The Board’s Rail Customer and Public Assistance Staff will begin holding weekly calls with these carriers.”

STB leadership requested that each Class I railroad carrier to provide a written response related to their respective outlooks for rail operations across their networks to address various issues related to rail service adequacy, including: locomotive availability; employee resources; local service performance; demand; communication; and capacity restraints. A deadline for replies from Class Is was not mentioned in the letters. Click here to read more.

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