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Surface Transportation Board Monitoring Rail Service Impacts of Hurricane Laura

08/26/2020 (Wednesday) [PDF Version] 

No. 20-09

Contact:  Janie Sheng
Michael Booth
FedRelay 1 (800) 877-8339

*Updated 8/28/2020, 10:30 a.m.

The Surface Transportation Board is actively monitoring any rail service disruptions caused by Hurricane Laura.  The National Hurricane Center reports that severe weather is expected as Hurricane Laura, now downgraded to a tropical depression, continues to travel north over the next few days. *

The Board is prepared to utilize its emergency service authorities pursuant to 49 U.S.C. § 11123 if a “failure of traffic movement exists which creates an emergency situation of such magnitude as to have substantial adverse effects on shippers, or on rail service in a region of the United States.”

Rail carriers, shippers and other stakeholders experiencing rail service disruptions that create an emergency situation are asked to contact the Board’s Rail Customer and Public Assistance office.  To request assistance, interested persons may email or call (202) 245-0238 or (866) 254-1792.