SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD DECISION DOCUMENT
    Decision Information

Docket Number:  
EP_742_0

Case Title:  
PUBLIC LISTENING SESSION REGARDING CSX TRANSPORTATION, INC.’S RAIL SERVICE ISSUES

Decision Type:  
Decision

Deciding Body:  
Director Of Proceedings

    Decision Summary

Decision Notes:  
DECISION ESTABLISHED THE PRESENTATION SCHEDULE FOR THE OCTOBER 11, 2017 LISTENING SESSION.

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46060                     SERVICE DATE – LATE RELEASE OCTOBER 5, 2017

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SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD

 

Docket No. EP 742

PUBLIC LISTENING SESSION

REGARDING CSX TRANSPORTATION, INC.’S RAIL SERVICE ISSUES

 

Decided:  October 5, 2017

 

By decision served on September 20, 2017, the Board rescheduled its public listening session on CSX Transportation, Inc.’s (CSXT) recent rail service problems for October 11, 2017, beginning at 9:30 a.m., at its offices in Washington, D.C.  The listening session was initially scheduled for September 12, 2017, but was postponed due to Hurricane Irma.  The listening session will allow the Board to hear from CSXT about its efforts to implement a new operating plan and to address service problems on its network, as well as to hear from rail shippers and other stakeholders regarding recent CSXT rail service issues they have experienced and to discuss whether additional service recovery efforts may be necessary.  The schedule of appearances is in the Appendix to this decision.  If a party has requested a specific amount of time to speak, the time has been allocated accordingly.  Parties that did not request a specific amount of time have been allotted 5 minutes.  Parties will provide testimony in panels, arranged alphabetically. 

 

Instructions for Attendance at Public Listening Session

 

The Board requests that all persons attending the public listening session use the main entrance to Patriots Plaza I at 395 E Street, S.W. (entrance on E Street closest to 4th Street).  There will be no reserved seating, except for those scheduled to present comments.  The building will be open to the public at 7:00 a.m., and participants are encouraged to arrive early.  The two closest Metro stops to the Board are on the Blue, Orange, and Silver Lines at Federal Center S.W., 3rd and D Streets, S.W., and on the Yellow, Green, Blue, Orange, and Silver Lines at L’Enfant Plaza, 6th and D Streets, S.W.

 

Upon arrival, check in at the first floor security desk in the main lobby.  Be prepared to produce valid photographic identification (driver’s license or local, state, or Federal government identification); sign in at the security desk; receive a hearing room pass (to be displayed at all times); submit to an inspection of all briefcases, handbags, etc.; and pass through a metal detector.  Persons choosing to exit the building during the course of the listening session must surrender their hearing room passes to security personnel and will be subject to the above security procedures if they choose to re-enter the building.  Hearing room passes likewise will be collected from those exiting the listening session upon its conclusion.  Those persons scheduled to participate (or speak) must check in with the clerk at the front of the hearing room.

 

Laptops and recorders may be used in the hearing room, but no provision will be made for connecting personal computers to the internet.  Cellular telephone use is not permitted in the hearing room; cell phones may be used quietly in the corridor surrounding the hearing room or in the building’s main lobby.

 

Members of the media should contact Dennis Watson in the Office of Public Assistance, Governmental Affairs, and Compliance at (202) 245-0234 if they plan to attend the listening session.

 

The Board’s hearing room complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and persons needing such accommodations should call (202) 245-0245 by the close of business on October 6, 2017.

 

For further information regarding the listening session, contact Amy Ziehm at (202) 245‑0391.  Assistance for the hearing impaired is available through the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at (800) 877-8339.

 

It is ordered:

 

1.  The listening session will be held on October 11, 2017, beginning at 9:30 a.m., in the Board’s first floor hearing room, at 395 E Street, S.W., Washington, DC.

 

2.  The schedule for presenting at the listening session is listed in the Appendix to this decision.

 

3.  This decision is effective on its service date.

 

By the Board, Scott M. Zimmerman, Acting Director, Office of Proceedings.


 

 

SCHEDULE OF APPEARANCES

 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2017 (COMMENCING AT 9:30 A.M.)

 

Railroad                                                                                                        

 

CSX Transportation, Inc.                                                                                15 minutes

 

Shippers

 

Panel 1

Cargill Inc.

            Brad Hildebrand, Vice President                                                        5 minutes

 

The Chemours Company                                                                                10 minutes

            Kevin Acker, Strategic Relationship and Category Manager for      

                  Rail

            F. Eddie Johnston, Federal Government Affairs Manager                

 

Collum’s Lumber Products, LLC                                                                   5 minutes

            William Scott, Vice President

 

Cristal                                                                                                              5 minutes

            Lisa A. Powers, N.A. Distribution Manager

 

Dow Chemical Company                                                                               5 minutes

            Jacqueline Faseler, Global Director Supply Chain Sustainability

                  and Compliance

 

Panel 2

Kellogg Company                                                                                           10 minutes

            Sharron Moss-Higham, Senior Vice President of Operations and

                  Distribution Snacks

 

Murray Energy Corporation, et al.

            Robert Edward Murray, Executive Vice President, Marketing and   15 minutes

                  Sales

 

Occidental Chemical Corporation                                                                  5 minutes

            Robin Burns, Vice President – Supply Chain

 

Packaging Corporation of America                                                                5 minutes

            Bruce Ridley, Vice President, EH&S and Operational Services

 

 

Shipper Representatives

 

Panel 3

Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers                                                          5 minutes

            Jennifer Thomas, Vice President, Federal Government Affairs

 

American Chemistry Council

            Cal Dooley, President and CEO                                                         5 minutes

           

American Forest & Paper Association                                                           10 minutes

            Julie Landry, Director of Government Affairs

 

Corn Refiners Association                                                                              5 minutes

            John Bode, President & CEO

 

The Fertilizer Institute                                                                                    5 minutes

            Justin Louchheim, Director, Government Affairs

 

Panel 4

National Grain and Feed Association                                                             15 minutes

            Randall C. Gordon, President

 

The National Industrial Transportation League                                             5 minutes

            Mary Pileggi, Chairman, Board of Directors for NITL and

                  Sourcing & Logistics Manager, Fluoroproducts for The

                  Chemours Company

 

National Milk Producers Federation                                                              10 minutes

            Clay Detlefsen

 

Private Railcar Food and Beverage Association                                            5 minutes

            Barbara A. Cataneo, Secretary of the Board of Directors

 

Rail Customer Coalition                                                                                 5 minutes

            Herman J. Haksteen, Member through the Private Railcar Food

                  and Beverage Association

 


 

Labor, Passenger Rail, and Short Lines

 

Panel 5

American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association                             5 minutes

            Linda Bauer Darr, President

 

National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak)                                      5 minutes

            Scot L. Naparstek, Chief Operating Officer

 

SMART Transportation Division                                                                   5 minutes

            John Risch, National Legislative Director

 

Virginians for High Speed Rail                                                                      5 minutes

            Danny Plaugher, Executive Director

 

Railroad

 

CSX Transportation, Inc.                                                                                10 minutes