This article has been reprinted from the April 5, 2018 USDA Grain Transportation Report.
On March 16, 2018, STB sent letters requesting service outlook plans from all Class I railroads—in the near term and for the remainder of 2018—due to increased concerns over deteriorating service.
STB asked about the adequacy of rail operations concerning locomotive availability, employee resources, local service performance, service demand, communication strategies, and capacity constraints.
STB is concerned about service issues raised in letters from the National Grain and Feed Association, Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, and The Fertilizer Institute regarding impacts from system-wide rail service deterioration.
BNSF Railway and Canadian National have posted responses.
All correspondence on this matter is available on the STB website.