STB appoints inaugural members of Passenger Rail Advisory Committee

March 29, 2024
The newly appointed members of the Passenger Rail Advisory Committee will help STB better understand issues impacting passenger rail service during their terms.

The Surface Transportation Board (STB) has appointed members to its newly formed Passenger Rail Advisory Committee (PRAC). The new members, appointed by STB Chairman Martin J. Oberman, will advise the board on issues impacting passenger rail service during their terms.

“I am pleased the board received so many nominations of distinguished and knowledgeable candidates to serve on the Passenger Rail Advisory Committee,” Oberman said. “The members of this inaugural PRAC have a diverse range of experience and we look forward to them providing insightful perspectives as the board considers pressing passenger rail issues. The board has greatly valued the contributions of its other advisory committees over the years and I am confident that this new committee will prove to be equally valuable in advising the board in the area of passenger rail.”

The PRAC has been established in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. Chapter 10, to help the board better fulfill its statutory responsibilities in overseeing certain aspects of passenger rail service. The PRAC’s activities include providing information, advice and recommendations to the board on issues impacting the development and operation of passenger rail services, including: 

  • Improving efficiency on passenger rail routes.
  • Reducing disputes between passenger rail carriers and freight rail hosts regarding the use of freight-owned facilities and infrastructure for passenger service, including passenger on-time performance issues.
  • Improving regulatory processes related to intercity passenger rail to the benefit of the public, the communities served by passenger rail and the environment.

The PRAC meetings will be open to the public. A complete list of the 21 members of the PRAC and their appointed term lengths can be found below and at STB's website.