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6/30/2006



Rail News: Rail Industry Trends

STB seeks railroads' plans for handling fall peak demand



For the third-straight year, the Surface Transportation Board has sent letters to the Class Is requesting their fall peak action plans. And for the second-straight year, the board has sent a letter to the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association seeking information on how small roads will handle the peak freight-moving season.

STB Chairman W. Douglas Buttrey asked the railroads and association to submit their fall peak service and operational plans by July 17. The plans should include performance goals for the remainder of the year, steps to achieve those goals and how the railroads will inform customers about the measures.

“There is heightened focus this year on the ability of the railroads to meet demands for rail service,” said Buttrey in a prepared statement. “I believe it is essential that the board … ensure that spikes in rail traffic demand that are expected for the remainder of the year can be handled as efficiently as possible.”


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