The Surface Transportation Board announced today that it is requiring all Class I railroads to publicly file weekly data reports regarding service performance to promote industry-wide transparency, accountability, and improved service. This order follows the Board's recent public hearings regarding rail service issues, at which many rail shippers expressed concerns about the lack of publicly available rail service metrics and requested access to certain performance data from the railroads to help them better understand the scope, magnitude, and impact of the current service problems. The data collected pursuant to this order will give the Board and interested parties a better real-time understanding of the current rail service issues.
Today's decision requiring the reporting of service performance data was issued in United States Rail Service Issues—Data Collection, Docket No. EP 724 (Sub-No. 3). That decision may be viewed and downloaded at the STB's website, www.stb.dot.gov, under "E-LIBRARY / Decisions & Notices / 10/08/14".