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Published August 18, 2014, 04:48 PM

STB orders CP, BNSF to Sept. 4 hearing in Fargo

FARGO, N.D. – The U.S. Surface Transportation Board announced Monday it will hold a public hearing on Sept. 4 to provided shippers an opportunity to report on service problems in the rail network.

By: Mikkel Pates, Agweek

FARGO, N.D. – The U.S. Surface Transportation Board announced Aug. 18 it will hold a public hearing on Sept. 4 to provided shippers an opportunity to report on service problems in the rail network.

The meeting will be 8 a.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn, 4371 17 Ave. S. in Fargo.

The STB announced it will order officials of the Canadian Pacific Railway Co. and the BNSF Railway to appear at the hearing and invites “impacted shippers, other Class I railroads and other affected carriers to appear.”

“The Board has been closely monitoring the rail industry’s performance since service problems began last year and has taken a number of actions, both formal and informal, to address those problems,” an STB announcement said. The STB held an April 10 hearing and required weekly reporting of status and plans for delivering fertilizer and grain.

People wanting to speak in the case titled United States Rail Service Issues, Docket No. EP 724 can file a notice to participate with the board. The notice must be filed before Aug. 25 and will be posted on the STB website.

For information on the how to speak at the hearing, go to the board’s website: www.stb.dot.gov, under “E-LIBRARY/Decisions & Notices/08/18/14”

Dan Wogsland, executive director of the North Dakota Grain Growers, says he’ll be there. “It’s always good to have decision-makers come to North Dakota and talk to folks who deal with these things on a regular basis. I think it shows STB recognizes some of the concerns that are out there,” Wogsland says.

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