STB to discontinue annual outlook letter for rail traffic volumes, operations

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WASHINGTON — The Surface Transportation Board is doing away with its annual practice of sending letters to Class I and other railroads to comment on their end-of-year rail traffic and operational outlook.

The board says its decision to discontinue the annual letter is due to changes in the rail industry since the mid-2000s.

“There is no longer a highly conspicuous peak season,” the board said in a news release.

The board is also continuing to receive weekly service performance reports from Class I railroads, providing what the agency explains as a “snapshot of the industry in near real-time.”

The practice of sending annual letters to the rail industry started in 2004. According to the board, the letters were motivated by severe capacity constraints and service disruptions dating back to the mid-2000s.

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