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​AAR Statement in Response to STB Decision Requiring Weekly Rail Data Reports on Service Performance

WASHINGTON, D.C., October 8, 2014 – The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today issued the following statement by President and CEO Edward R. Hamberger in response to the Surface Transportation Board’s (STB) decision ordering detailed weekly data reports on service performance from Class I Railroads.

“We are examining the STB decision.  Since 1999, railroads have on a weekly basis voluntarily provided the STB and the public with railroad performance measures on terminal dwell time, velocity and cars online. It is unclear how the increased reporting requirements in today’s order will in any way lead to improved service.

Railroads are investing and hiring at an accelerated pace to provide the capacity needed to meet growing demand as traffic continues to rebound to pre-recession levels. Hiring and training people, and building infrastructure take time. Railroads will continue to work with their customers to meet the demand to move more freight as America’s economy continues to grow.”

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For more information contact: AAR Media relations, media@aar.org or 202-639-2345.​

About AAR: The Association of American Railroads (AAR) is the world's leading railroad policy, research and technology organization focusing on the safety and productivity of rail carriers. AAR members include the major freight railroads of the U.S., Canada and Mexico, as well as Amtrak. Learn more at www.aar.org.​