The Surface Transportation Board (STB) on May 23 reported appointing Justin Broyles of R.J. Corman Railroad Group and Robert (Buck) Rogers of CN to the Railroad-Shipper Transportation Advisory Council (RSTAC).
RSTAC, which was established by the ICC Termination Act of 1995, focuses on issues of importance to small shippers and small railroads, including railcar supply, rates, competition and procedures for addressing claims, according to the STB. It is charged with “developing private-sector mechanisms to identify, address and prevent obstacles to effective and efficient interstate transportation.” Members provide advice on regulatory, policy and legislative matters to the STB Chairman; Secretary of Transportation; Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation; and House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
RSTAC’s 15 appointed members comprise senior officials representing large and small shippers, and large and small railroads; they are appointed by the STB Chairman. The Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation and the five STB members serve as ex officio members.
Broyles joins RSTAC as a small railroad representative. As Executive Vice President for Commercial Affairs since 2021, he oversees all Class I corporate relations and directs the commercial efforts for R.J. Corman Railroad Company’s short lines and Storm Team. Broyles has more than 20 years of railroad experience, serving in sales, construction, emergency response and other leadership positions. According to the STB, he is “a proponent of continuous customer service improvement and the advancement of railroad technology.” (Broyles was also recently named Vice Chairman of the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association’s Executive Board of Directors.)
Rogers, Vice President of Petroleum and Chemicals for CN, joins RSTAC as a large railroad representative. He was promoted to his role at the Class I in April 2019, after serving as Senior Director, Mechanical. Rogers has also held the CN positions of Assistant Vice President Petroleum and Chemicals, Director of Sales Petroleum and Chemicals, Director of Regional Sales in Corporate Marketing, and National Account Manager. Based in Homewood, Ill., he has been a railroader for more than 25 years and served in the United States Air Force.
Both Broyles and Rogers will serve three-year terms.
“Both Justin and Buck have a wide range of railroad experience in areas of concern to the Board,” STB Chairman Martin Oberman said. “I am confident that their perspectives will be valuable to RSTAC, and I and the other Board Members look forward to working with them as we work to ensure an efficient and viable rail network.”