USDA Grain Transportation Report (6/23): ​Surface Transportation Board Instructs Railroads to Revise Service Recovery Plans

On June 13, the Surface Transportation Board (STB) required the four U.S. Class I railroads to correct deficiencies and provide additional information on their planned actions to improve their service.

Throughout 2022, the railroads — BNSF Railway, Union Pacific Railroad, CSX Transportation, and Norfolk Southern Railway — have struggled with delays and congestion on their networks.

On May 20, the railroads submitted service recovery plans to STB, as requested.

STB said the plans were “an opportunity [for the railroads] to show their commitment to improved service — and to demonstrate progress.”

However, STB also stated, “the carriers failed, in varying degrees, to provide service recovery plans that met the board’s stated expectations.”

In its latest decision, STB described in detail the information needed from each of the four railroads.

The railroads are required to submit their revised service recovery plans today (June 23).

This article comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) June 23, 2022, Grain Transportation Report.