STB reschedules hearing on CSX service for Oct. 11

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WASHINGTON — Federal regulators have rescheduled the listening session on CSX Transportation’s service problems for Oct. 11, the Surface Transportation Board announced Wednesday morning.

With Hurricane Irma tracking toward Florida, the board postponed the listening session that was scheduled for Sept. 12. Parties interested in participating now have until Sept. 29 to notify the board. The meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m. in the board’s hearing room, 395 E Street S.W. in Washington.

CSX executives are expected to provide an update on service recovery efforts during the meeting. The session also will provide shippers with a forum to discuss how CSX service problems have affected their operations.

Federal regulators originally scheduled the meeting in response to a petition from coal producer Murray Energy, whose subsidiaries and affiliates have been critical of CSX service.

The STB last held similar rail service hearings after the harsh winter of 2013 and 2014 led to congestion in Chicago and elsewhere in the Midwest.

CSX began struggling in mid July amid the broad operational changes CEO E. Hunter Harrison has made while implementing precision scheduled railroading. The railroad’s performance metrics — including average train speed, terminal dwell, and on-time performance — have been improving for the past few weeks, but shippers say service remains subpar.

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