The Southern Rail Commission has moved to defend a recent Surface Transportation Board ruling that On Time Performance, a train line’s rate of punctuality, be measured at all stations on the route. The SRC and nine passenger advocacy organizations have motioned to intervene in an appeal of that ruling filed by freight railroad companies in the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Should the freight railroads’ appeal succeed, On Time Performance would be measured at line end points, leaving no accountability to the users of stops in between.
The Surface Transportation Board acts as an arbiter for disputes between Amtrak and the various freight rail companies. Amtrak’s own intervention on the appeal, in support of the STB rule, has been granted. Other agencies joining the SRC’s intervention include:
* All Aboard Indiana
* All Aboard Ohio
* All Aboard Wisconsin
* Friends of the Cardinal
* Michigan Association of Railroad Passengers, Inc.
* Midwest High Speed Rail Association
* National Association of Railroad Passengers
* Virginians for High Speed Rail
SRC and its partners make the case for all-station On Time Performance measurement in their motion found HERE. A decision on the motion for intervention by the appeals court is pending. Stay tuned for more updates.