Senators urge Surface Transportation Board to help improve rail service

A group of U.S. Senators is urging the Surface Transportation Board to ensure more reliable and consistent rail service. 

Members of both parties sent a letter to STB Board Chairman Martin Oberman expressing concern about significant rail service disruptions that are affecting manufacturers, farmers, ranchers, and energy producers.  In the letter, the Senators say rail service problems have affected production, and say if problems persist into summer and fall, significant portions of the world’s breadbasket could be cut off from assisting those most in need.

Senators say agricultural producers and grain shippers have been unable to get empty railcars, which have caused flour and feed mills to temporarily cease production, affecting everything from export sales to livestock operations.

Agriculture groups including the National Grain and Feed Association have also expressed concerns about poor rail services.

The letter was signed by twenty-one Senators including:

Chuck Grassley – Iowa

Joni Ernst – Iowa

Tammy Duckworth – Illinois

Richard Durbin – Illinois

Mike Braun – Indiana

Roger Marshall M.D. – Kansas

Tina Smith – Minnesota

Amy Klobuchar – Minnesota

Sherrod Brown – Ohio

M. Michael Rounds – South Dakota

Tammy Baldwin – Wisconsin

Patty Murray – Washington

Kevin Cramer – North Dakota

Shelley Moore Capito – West Virginia

Marco Rubio – Florida

Mike Crapo – Idaho

James Risch – Idaho

Mark Kelly – Arizona

John Hoeven – North Dakota

John Kennedy – Louisiana

Joe Manchin – West Virginia

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