STB Seeks Comment on ‘First Mile, Last Mile’

The U.S. Surface Transportation Board is seeking comment on how well railroads perform first mile and last mile service to shippers.

STB defines this as “the movement of railcars between a local railroad serving yard and a shipper or receiver facility.”

In its call for comments, regulators said they want to hear about what concerns shippers, carriers and public have about first mile, last mile service.

In announcing the call for comments, the STB said comment is also being solicited about whether further Board review of first mile, last mile service is warranted and what actions might need to be taken.

The STB said it was particularly interested in knowing whether metrics to measure first mile, last mile service that are not now being reported to the Board might have utility for the supply chain, and the potential burdens associated with any such reporting.

The STB noted that it has received comments from various shipper groups within the past year expressing concern about first mile, last mile service and requesting “greater transparency of FMLM data.”

Shippers have said that railroad crew shortages and other issues stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic and worldwide supply chain complications have heightened the importance of the Board exploring first mile, last mile service.

Comments are being accepted between Oct. 18 and Nov. 16. Replies to those comments will be accepted from Dec. 17, 2021, to Feb. 17, 2022.

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