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STB unveils spreadsheet for freight-rail performance data


The Surface Transportation Board (STB) has made available an Excel spreadsheet for railroad performance data on its website.

The data is now required under a final rule that requires all Class Is and the Chicago Transportation Coordination Office through its Class I members to report certain service performance metrics on a weekly, semiannual and an occasional basis, STB officials announced last week on the agency's website.

The rule also calls for weekly reporting of service metrics to be made via an Excel spreadsheet provided by the Office of Public Assistance, Governmental Affairs and Compliance.

Carriers will begin reporting the data Feb. 8.

Class Is will be required to report data on a weekly basis for the following metrics:
• system average train speed by train type;
• system average terminal dwell;
• cars online by carry type;
• average dwell time at origin for unit trains by train type;
• trains held greater than six hours;
• cars not moved in greater than 120 hours and 48 hours;
• grain cars loaded and billed;
• grain cars: past due, average days late, new orders, orders filled, orders canceled;
• grain trains: plans versus performance; and
• coal trains: plans versus performance.