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House bill would broaden Surface Transportation Board’s authority

August 3, 2022

Democrats on the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee have introduced a bill to let certain shippers charge demurrage and help the Surface Transportation Board set minimum service delivery standards that would ensure efficient and timely rail service.

The Freight Rail Shipping Fair Market Act would require contracts to detail service standards and remedies, as well as guide STB on how to resolve complaints related to compliance with the common carrier obligation, a federal mandate that requires railroads to provide freight transportation at reasonable terms and conditions.

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