Tag: STB

Rail unions urge Biden to keep current STB chair at helm

STB Chairman Marty Oberman has done a lot to help rail workers and rail shippers, labor groups tell Biden By Joanna Marsh for freightwaves.com Rail labor groups are rallying around Surface Transportation Board Chairman Marty Oberman, saying calls to strip him of his position misdiagnose the root cause of the industry’s woes: operational challenges associated […]

STB chair blasts Class I railroads for head count reductions

Subpar rail service interferes with US’ ability to compete internationally, Oberman says CHICAGO — The Class I railroads must increase their head count levels because doing so not only will bolster rail service but benefit the U.S. economy overall, Surface Transportation Board Chair Marty Oberman said to a crowd of rail shippers and rail employees […]

Union Pacific has lost its way: Analysis

By Bill Stephens for trains.com Railroad has sacrificed service and resilience in pursuit of lower operating ratio It’s fitting that Union Pacific’s logo is a shield. The beleaguered railroad needs one given the barrage of arrows coming its way.UP has a long list of problems, many of them self-inflicted as a predictable result of its […]

Union Pacific railroad puts its shipping limits on hold

By JOSH FUNK for apnews.com OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Union Pacific says it will stop imposing temporary limits on certain businesses’ shipments while it reviews the policy that federal regulators and shippers criticized at a hearing last week. Union Pacific has put more than 1,000 of these embargoes in place this year — significantly more […]

STB announces extension of Class I railroad carriers temporary period 

STB said that this order requires “certain updated information” from BNSF Railway Company, CSX Transportation Inc., Norfolk Southern Railway Company, and Union Pacific. And it added that it has directed the carriers to submit biweekly service reports for the next six months, through May 5, 2023.  By Jeff Berman, Group News Editor For logisticsmgmt.com   […]

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 […]

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