Tag: STB

Ex-chairman: STB should consider benefits of reciprocal switching

Reciprocal switching could help with system efficiency, Daniel Elliott says By Joanna Marsh for freightwaves.com Reciprocal switching occurs when a shipper has access to one freight railroad but wants access to a nearby competing freight railroad in order to cultivate a competitive pricing environment. President Joe Biden via a July executive ordercharged Surface Transportation Board Chairman […]

STB allows Minnesota shipper’s complaint against Union Pacific to proceed

Filing alleges reduced service violates railroad’s common carrier obligation Published by trains.com WASHINGTON — The Surface Transportation Board will allow a Minnesota company to proceed with its complaint against Union Pacific that alleges service reductions by the railroad violate UP’s common carrier obligation and constitute unreasonable practices. In a decision issued Tuesday, the board granted […]

Rail regulators should continue 40 years of success, not return to failed policies

BY STEVE POCIASK, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR for thehill.com The views expressed by contributors are their own and not the view of The Hill Over the last four decades, the railroad industry’s productivity has increased 159 percent and real prices of ship goods have plummeted 44 percent. Why? In large part thanks to reforms passed by a […]

US Class I railroads to feds: Don’t blame us

Class I railroads defend how they’ve handled international intermodal congestion By Joanna Marsh for freightwaves.com Much of the congestion occurring at intermodal rail terminals is ultimately related to factors beyond the control of the Class I railroads, and the railroads are doing all that they can to improve terminal throughput, assert the CEOs of U.S.-based […]

Wall Street is boosting profits in railroads with new technology. But it’s ignoring the drawbacks

Freight rail doesn’t function without a strong workforce. BY PETER DEFAZIO for fortune.com In a commentary published in Fortuneearlier this month, Ike Brannon and Michael F. Gorman took great liberties in trying to debunk my concerns with precision scheduled railroading (PSR). Please allow me to set the record straight. I have served on the U.S. […]

Railroad industry worried about Biden executive order

By Ted O’Neil | The Center Square contributor for themercury.com (The Center Square) – An executive order signed by President Joe Biden that could force railroads to allow other operators to use their tracks could reduce competition and increase costs, according to industry experts. Biden’s order last week in part called on the independent Surface […]

Class I employment grew a bit in February

Published by progressiverailroading.com U.S. Class Is employed 114,068 people in mid-February, up 0.53% from mid-January but down 10.63% compared with employment during the same period a year ago, according to Surface Transportation Board data. Four of six employment categories registered employment increases in February compared with January’s level. They were: maintenance of way and structures, up 1.19% […]

US Class I rail headcount sinks to near decade low

Employment number lowest since January 2012 By Joanna Marsh for freightwaves.com The number of employees working for the U.S. operations of the Class I railroads in January fell to its lowest level in years, according to data received by the Surface Transportation Board. U.S. Class I railroad operations had 113,461 employees working in their ranks in […]

STB: Class I workforce grew in December

U.S. Class Is employed 117,770 people in mid-December 2020, up 2.44% from mid-November 2020, but down 10.43% compared with the same period in 2019, according to Surface Transportation Board (STB) data. Two workforce categories registered employment increases in December compared with November’s level. They were transportation (train and engine), which rose 5.67% to 49,069 workers; and maintenance […]

U.S. Class I workforce contracted in November, STB data shows

Published by progressiverailroading.com U.S. Class Is as of mid-November employed 114,960 people, down 1.58% from October’s level and down 13.71% from November 2019’s count, according to Surface Transportation Board (STB) data. Year over year, all workforce categories registered employment decreases. They were: maintenance of equipment and stores, down 21.94% to 18,242; transportation (train and engine), down 15.01% […]

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