Tag: STB

STB chairman says higher pay would help solve railroad crew shortages

By Bill Stephens for trains.com “There is a price that will get you enough workers. I don’t know what that price is. But everything has a price,” Martin J. Oberman says Surface Transportation Board Chairman Martin J. Oberman says railroad service is suffering for one simple reason: The big four U.S. Class I systems aren’t […]

House bill would expand STB’s authority over railroad service

By Bill Stephens for trains.com Association of American Railroads says STB reauthorization measure would threaten the viability of the freight railroads and exacerbate ongoing service problems The Surface Transportation Board would get more teeth under a shipper-friendly bill that would reauthorize the agency that regulates freight railroads. The Freight Rail Shipping Fair Market Act, introduced […]

Regulators scold railroads over recovery plans, order improvements

By trains.com Union Pacific draws strongest criticism from STB for insufficient filing; fines possible The Surface Transportation Board, making clear its unhappiness with service recovery plans filed by the four largest U.S. Class I railroads, will require those railroads to correct deficiencies in service recovery plans submitted to the board, and to provide additional information […]

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 […]

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