WASHINGTON—The Surface Transportation Board declined July 31 to renew emergency measures opening Union Pacific Railroad Co.'s network in Houston.
STB did impose a 45-day transition period during which the measures will continue, and is considering requests for more-permanent changes in ownership and operation of Houston rail facilities.
``The board found that, while service throughout the West is not at uniformly improved levels, the service emergency in Houston is over,'' STB said.
``There is no legal basis for issuing a further emergency service order.''
The order was to expire Aug. 2. The Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. in Washington and other trade groups said service has not improved substantially and urged STB to extend the order.