Freight Rail Customer Alliance Submits Comments Supporting Surface Transportation Board’s Competitive Switching Proposal for Inadequate Service

On Oct 7, 2023, the Freight Rail Customer Alliance submitted comments stating its general support of this proposal – notably its aim to retain, expand, and harmonize data reporting by railroads, require carriers to make individualized service data available to their shippers on request, and provide for the possibility of reciprocal switching to enable service by a competing line-haul carrier when the incumbent’s service is inadequate as measured using objective standards that is unreliable relative to the Original Estimated Time of Arrival (“OETA”), inconsistent in terms of transit time, or inadequate in terms of first-mile/last-mile (“FMLM) service as measured by industry spots and pulls (“ISP”).  Joining FRCA in this submittal was the National Coal Transportation Association (NCTA).  The submitted comments can be read here.