STB to Hold Public Hearing on UP Rail Embargoes
The Surface Transportation Board (STB) will hold an in-person public hearing on December 13 and 14, 2022, with Union Pacific Railroad Company (UP), regarding the railroad’s substantial increase in its use of embargoes as a method of reducing rail traffic congestion. The STB says that UP’s use of embargoes to control congestion has increased from a total of five in 2017 to more than 1,000 to date in 2022, and says it has received numerous reports that shippers are suffering supply chain problems as a result of the embargoes that are hampering their operations. The STB says that, since UP carries nearly 27% of freight served by rail and nearly 11% of all long-distance freight volume, “disruptions in UP’s service levels have a significant detrimental impact on the supply chain and the nation’s economy.” The public hearing will begin at 9:30 a.m. ET on December 13 and 14, 2022, in the Hearing Room of the Board’s headquarters, located at 395 E Street, S.W. Washington, D.C. 20423. Read More
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