Freight rail industry challenges feds over on-time standards

August 12, 2016

Via: The Hill

A group representing the freight rail industry is challenging whether a panel of federal regulators has the power to define on-time performance for passenger trains.

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) is fighting a rule issued by the Surface Transportation Board (STB) last month that will measure on-time performance by a train’s punctuality at intermediate Amtrak stations.

The safety board originally signaled it would define performance based on when a train reaches its end destination, but regulators reversed course by deciding to measure on-time arrivals and departures at all the stations along a train’s route.

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