STB Issues NPRM For New Regulations Requiring Increased Performance Metrics Reporting From Class I Railroads

The Department of Transportation’s Surface Transportation Board (“STB”) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) that seeks comments on regulations that would require Class I railroads to report certain service performance metrics to the STB on a weekly basis.

The STB said it will require each Class I rail carrier to file each of the following on a weekly basis:

  • system train speed by the following types of trains, intermodal, grain unit, coal unit, automotive unit, crude oil unit, ethanol unit, manifest, and all other
  • weekly average terminal dwell time, measured in hours, excluding cars on run-through trains, or cars that arrive at and depart from a terminal on the same through train, for that carrier’s system and its ten largest terminals in terms of railcar capacity
  • total cars on line by various car types for the reporting week, including box, covered hopper, gondola, intermodal, multilevel, open hopper, tank, and other
  • weekly average dwell time at origin for unit train shipments sorted by grain, coal, automotive, crude oil, ethanol, and all other train units
  • the weekly number of trains held short of destination or scheduled interchange for longer than six hours sorted by train type
  • the weekly number of loaded and empty cars, stated separately, in revenue service that have not moved in (a) more than 120 hours, (b) more than 48 hours but less than or equal to 120 hours, among others

Comments on the NPRM are due on March 2, 2015 and reply comments are due by April 29, 2015.