STB to monitor railroad preparations for peak season in U.S.
The head of the U.S. Surface Transportation Board, the agency that regulates railroad business operations, is concerned that recent service problems could affect the peak shipping season this fall.
Roger Nober, chairman of the regulator, sent a letter to major U.S. railroads last week asking them to formally outline their plans to meet the expected increase in demand in the fall. Railroads are already experiencing some difficulties handling the surge in imports arriving on the U.S. West Coast this year.
Nober asked the railroads to periodically update him on steps taken to prepare for the peak shipping season and how each railroad will share its plans with its customers.