Tag: STB

Canadian regulators propose more detailed requirements for reporting railroad performance metrics

By Bill Stephens for trains.com Railroads would have to report local service data as well as locomotive and crew availability Class I railroads operating in Canada would be required to report additional performance and staffing metrics under a proposal Canadian regulators unveiled on Friday. Transport Canada’s move was announced on the same day that the Surface Transportation […]

STB to Class I’s: ‘Industry-Wide Transparency, Accountability, and Service Improvements’

Written by William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief for railwayage.com On May 5—a little more than a week after its April 26-27 “Urgent Issues in Freight Rail Service” hearing—the Surface Transportation Board, voting unanimously, has issued updated, more-comprehensive rules for reporting performance and employment metrics. The eight-part regulations, which mostly affect the “Big 4”—BNSF, CSX, Norfolk Southern […]

What’s Next For Class I Railroads After That Tense STB Hearing?

By Justin Franz for railfan.com After a fiery two-day hearing in Washington D.C., about the ongoing Class I service crisis, many in and out of the rail industry are asking “What’s next?”  After receiving an avalanche of complaints from shippers and railroaders about the state of rail service, the U.S. Surface Transportation Board demanded that […]

Rail Decline May Turn Into National Security Issue

Shippers, unions and the STB believe cost cutting has gotten out of hand. By David Sparkman for mhlnews.com The service deterioration on the nation’s Class 1 railroads is approaching the point of becoming a national security issue, shippers informed the Surface Transportation Board (STB) at hearings held April 26-27, where they described how it already […]

Should the freight rail industry be overhauled?

‘There’s probably no elegant solution to structurally fix rail service’ By Joanna Marsh for freightwaves.com Service disruptions at the Class I railroads have come to a head in recent weeks, and shippers and the unions representing rail workers are clamoring for changes to the freight rail industry of a magnitude to match the disruptions. Some […]

STB seeks ways to quickly ease railroad service problems

Railroads say they’re working to address crew shortages, but shippers and rail labor blame Precision Scheduled Railroading for gutting rail capacity By Bill Stephens for trains.com There were more questions than answers on Tuesday as federal regulators sought ways to remedy railroad service problems that defy a quick fix because they are rooted in a […]

‘The Game Has Changed’

Written by Michael Paul Lindsey II, Locomotive Engineer, Union Pacific via railwayage.com Editor’s Note: The Surface Transportation Board is conducting an in-person hearing April 26-27 (EP 770, Urgent Issues in Freight Rail Service) with the CEOs of the “Big Four” Class I railroads—BNSF, CSX, Norfolk Southern and Union Pacific—on service problems. Union Pacific Locomotive Engineer Michael Paul […]

Sweetener Buyers Sour on Railroads

Joining organizations like the National Grain and Feed Association, the Sweetener Users Association (SUA) has a sent a letter to the Surface Transportation Board demanding that railroads take their lumps for service problems. Written by William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief for railwayage.com Following is the non-sugar-coated letter to STB Chairman Marty Oberman from SUA President Richard […]


The Chairman of the Surface Transportation Board (STB) Marty Oberman announced that they will be holding a public hearing on “Urgent Issues in Freight Rail Service,”scheduled for April 26th and 27th. The STB will direct the big four Class 1 railroads to appear before the board, and has invited rail customers and labor organizations to give […]

Railroads subcommittee hears views on STB reauthorization

Courtesy of progressiverailroading.com The U.S. House Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials earlier this week held a hearing on Surface Transportation Board reauthorization, with speakers testifying on the board’s role in improving rail service. Following are excerpts of some of those who testified. “Activist investors out to make short-term profits with the railroads have gotten nearly […]

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