WASHINGTON — The Surface Transportation Board needs to maintain its emergency oversight of Union Pacific Railroad Co.'s rail network in the Gulf Coast or service will get worse, the board was told July 17.
STB's emergency oversight, which lets the Texas Mexican Railway use some Union Pacific track and frees shippers from UP contracts, is set to expire Aug. 2. STB legally cannot extend the order, but agency officials have said they would find a way to continue addressing problems.
Emergency measures need to be maintained because service is still far below normal, according to a filing by the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc., the Chemical Manufacturers Association and the National Industrial Transportation League.
In most cases, the railroad has recovered only 20-30 percent of lost service.
STB attorney Nancy Beiter said the board has not made a decision on extending its remedial order. The board also is investigating longer-term solutions.