Article 21 of 7002 articles posted under "Denied Claims"


Employed as: APE, for 30+ years
Posted: 25 August 2020

So this letter was sent to all 7 Class 1’s CEO’s today from the FRA and

“As part of our agencies’ ongoing oversight efforts on the effects of
the COVID-19 national emergency on the rail industry and service
reliability, and following previous correspondence on service
preparedness and safety requirements, we write today to reemphasize the
importance of safe, dependable rail service as the nation works to
restore jobs and promote economic recovery.

“We first want to again recognize the essential work of the freight
rail industry, represented by its thousands of hard-working and
dedicated employees, delivering critical products vital to public
health and welfare. In particular, we commend the rail industry for
achieving its precedent-setting safety performance, as reported for the
first five months of this year. We also appreciate efforts to provide
reliable service and enhanced communication to rail shippers and note
that, during formal and informal interactions with stakeholders since
the onset of COVID-19, we have received many positive reports from
across the country.

“Recently, however, we have been made aware of service issues,
including missed industrial switches and excessively late or annulled
trains due to crew availability issues. As you know, with both
increasing intermodal and carload volumes and a projected robust
harvest fast approaching, railroad employee availability, together with
sufficient equipment resourcing, is essential for safe, fluid rail
service in support of the nation’s economic recovery. Given the
challenges related to changing demand patterns and operating
conditions, increased communication and transparency with rail shippers
is especially important to ensure they have the information needed to
plan their businesses and meet their own customers’ needs.

“It is our expectation that there will be heightened emphasis on
improving employee availability, equipment resources, and robust
communication to quickly resolve service issues as they arise and to
prevent them from becoming widespread. Again, we commend the rail
industry for its efforts during this challenging time for our nation,
and we look forward to continuing to work with you to promote a safe
and reliable rail network.”

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