STB Wants Info From NS About PSR Implementation

The U.S. Surface Transportation Board has asked management of Norfolk Southern to brief it in weekly conference calls about the progress it is making toward implementing the precision scheduled railroading operating model.

The STB held similar conference calls with CSX management in 2017 when it encountered service problems after implementing PSR and has asked Union Pacific to provide information about its move toward PSR.

STB Chairman Ann Begeman said in a letter sent to NS that the board has “strong concern about the potential dislocation that can result when a railroad makes wholesale operating changes, particularly railroads that have been confronting prolonged service challenges.”

Begeman said the STB wants to see NS avoid the type of service problems that CSX had.

NS has said it plans to implement PSR principles gradually and work with its customers in the process in order to minimize the potential for disruption.
The PSR plan is not expected to be fully implemented until sometime in 2019.

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