STB Change Reporting Rules for Chemicals, Plastics

The Surface Transportation Board has decided to change its railroad performance data reporting rules to include chemical and plastics traffic as a distinct reporting category to the Class I railroads’ weekly reporting for the “cars-held” metric.

In a news release, the STB said the cars-held metric tracks the average number of loaded and empty railcars that have not moved for 48 hours or longer.

Class I railroads already report service performance metrics for a range of commodities on a weekly, semi-annual, and occasional basis.

The STB said the additional data will allow it to be better positioned to monitor chemicals and plastics traffic and detect and mitigate service issues affecting these commodities.

The new reporting rule takes effect on July 20.

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