Groups line up to tell of CSX woes to Federal board

Meeting is set for Oct. 11 in Washington
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WASHINGTON — More than two dozen companies and organizations intend to participate in the Surface Transportation Board’s Oct. 11 listening session about service problems at CSX Transportation.

A team of senior-level CSX executives from the executive, operating, and sales organizations will represent the railroad at the listening session, spokesman Rob Doolittle says. They are expected to provide an update on the railroad’s service recovery efforts.

CSX’s service problems peaked in July and August amid the broad operational changes CEO E. Hunter Harrison made as part of a shift to precision scheduled railroading.

Trade groups representing automakers, chemical manufacturers, lumber producers, and agricultural shippers are among those scheduled to attend. Two groups representing a broad range of shippers — the National Industrial Transportation League and the Rail Customer Coalition — also are signed up.

The attendance list also includes Amtrak, the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association, the SMART Transportation Division union, and Virginians for High Speed Rail.

Chemical companies — captive shippers who have been seeking regulatory relief, particularly reciprocal switching arrangements — are heavily represented among the list of firms planning to participate in the meeting.

The public listening session will begin at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 11 in the board’s Hearing Room at the agency’s headquarters, 395 E Street, S.W. in Washington.

The following companies and organizations filed letters of intent to participate in the listening session:
  • Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers
  • American Chemistry Council
  • American Forest and Paper Association
  • American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association
  • Amtrak
  • Ascend Performance Materials
  • Cargill Inc.
  • Charles Ingram Lumber Co.
  • The Chemours Co.
  • Collum’s Lumber Products
  • Corn Refiners Association
  • Cristal USA
  • Dow Chemical Co.
  • The Fertilizer Institute
  • Georgia Agribusiness Council
  • Kellogg Co.
  • Murray Energy Corp.
  • National Grain and Feed Association
  • The National Industrial Transportation League
  • Occidental Chemical Corp.
  • Packaging Corporation of America
  • Pinnacle Polymers
  • Rail Customer Coalition
  • SMART Transportation Division
  • Total Petrochemicals and Refining USA
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Virginians for High Speed Rail
The STB also received letters from U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita, R-Ind., Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue.
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