Senate Confirms Two to STB, Marking First Time Since 2015 Board Has a Full Slate of Members

A freight train passes through Dalton, Georgia, in July 2020. (Photo by Todd DeFeo/The DeFeo Groupe)

The U.S. Senate has confirmed a pair of members to the Surface Transportation Board (STB).

The confirmation of Robert Primus and Michelle Schultz as STB members marks the first time since the passage of the Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act of 2015 that the STB will have a full slate of five members.

“The freight rail industry welcomes Michelle Schultz and Robert Primus to their new roles and looks forward to working with them to meet our shared goal of guaranteeing that railroads can deliver for shippers and the U.S. economy,” Ian Jefferies, president and CEO of the Association of American Railroads (AAR), said in a statement. “We look forward to robust, transparent discussions with them as they step into their new roles.

“Railroads continue to evolve and nimbly adapt to provide remarkable service to shippers, which will only be possible if the industry can continue to invest for tomorrow. The industry’s resilience is only possible thanks to the balanced regulatory framework that Congress entrusted the Board to maintain. Now more than ever, the wisdom of that decision is crystal clear.”

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