STB, in a press release, said it "has been closely monitoring the rail industry's performance metrics and is concerned about service problems across the nation's railroad network, particularly on the Canadian Pacific Railway Company (CP) and BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) systems. The Board Members have written to and met with the leadership of BNSF and CP to discuss these concerns."
"The Board's Office of Public Assistance, Governmental Affairs and Compliance has been working with affected parties to better understand the problems shippers are facing and to help facilitate service solutions. Board staff recently held a meeting in North Dakota with shippers from multiple states and the agency anticipates additional meetings in other affected areas," STB said.
STB's public hearing will begin Thursday, April 10, at 9:30 a.m. in the Board's Hearing Room at 395 E Street, S.W., in Washington, D.C. "The Board will direct BNSF and CP to appear at the hearing, and the agency encourages impacted shippers and other Class I carriers to appear as well. The hearing will be open for public observation," the agency says.
The notice may be be viewed and downloaded at the Board's website, www.stb.dot.gov, under "E-LIBRARY / Decisions & Notices / 04/ 01 / 14". A live video broadcast of the hearing will be available via the Board's website, under "Information Center: / Webcast / Live Video" on the home page.