• Congress and the Railroads

  • For topics on Class I and II passenger and freight operations more general in nature and not specifically related to a specific railroad with its own forum.
For topics on Class I and II passenger and freight operations more general in nature and not specifically related to a specific railroad with its own forum.

Moderator: Jeff Smith

  by John_Perkowski
 
Memo for ALL the freight carriers: You exist to serve your customers. Without customers and timely delivery of products, the railroads have no reason to exist.

Senator Baldwin of Wisconsin introduced this legislation:

Baldwin offers bill aimed at cutting down on freight rail disruptions

Brief, fair use quotes:
Since May, railroads failed to fulfill about 13 percent of all pickups and deliveries, and 30 percent of railcars didn’t reach their destination within 24 hours of the estimated time of arrival, according to Surface Transportation Board data.

Shippers say that chronic rail service disruptions have reduced the supply of goods available to consumers, driving up prices at the pump and the grocery store.

“In order to build a strong Made in America economy and also lower costs for consumers, we need to ensure our agriculture, energy, and manufacturing businesses have reliable rail service,” Baldwin said in a statement.
Railroads have pushed back on congressional efforts to intervene in the rail system, noting that the Surface Transportation Board is already taking action to better define common carrier rules and enact other changes to minimize service disruptions.

Lawmakers have been paying more attention to freight rail after a contract dispute between rail workers and their employers nearly led to a nationwide strike that would have ravaged the U.S. economy.
  by eolesen
 
Can anyone point to a business (other than the government) who is at full staffing right now?

Congress "acting" won't force people who left the workforce to go back into the workforce.

I can't help but wonder if the increasing availability of "free" healthcare in certain states has exacerbated the number of people who've left the workforce. If you don't need full time employment for the insurance, why keep a full time job if you can make ends meet on part time employment?...