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Senators demand regulators take action on freight rail service disruptions

May 24, 2022


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 (see below). It also follows a recent hearing by the U.S. House Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials in which Oberman and the board fielded questions about how STB plans to address deteriorating service.

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