A bipartisan group of U.S. senators representing major agricultural and energy-producing states is demanding that the Surface Transportation Board take action on inadequate freight rail service.
A Monday letter addressed to STB Chairman Marty Oberman comes as four U.S. Class I railroads submit details to the board about what service metrics they will provide over the next six months.
“We are very concerned over the significant rail service disruptions occurring throughout the U.S. freight rail network. Reports from rail customers, including our manufacturers, farmers, ranchers and energy producers, indicate reliable rail service is not being provided in many situations. Similarly, shippers have little recourse or alternative options to get their goods to market,” the letter said, adding that some producers have had to curtail or temporarily stop production because of lengthy delays or unpredictable service.
Read more in an article from FreightWaves.