Information on Questions Asked about Conrail's Service in the Scranton, Pennsylvania, Area

CED-78-82: Published: Apr 4, 1978. Publicly Released: Apr 4, 1978.

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The Railroad Revitalization and Regulatory Reform Act of 1976 required that each railroad designated by the Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC) as a class I railroad prepare and submit a full and complete analysis of its rail system to the Secretary of Transportation. A review was conducted of the Consolidated Rail Corporation's (Conrail's) procedures in gathering information for determining the classification and designation of rail lines, the circumstances surrounding the closing of Conrail's piggyback terminal in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and Conrail's plans for the rail line serving Scranton.

Conrail's estimated annual volume of about 4.5 million gross tons for the Scranton line was determined by train movements during the week of December 12, 1976. Conrail's data accurately portrayed the then-current level of traffic, and the line was correctly designated as a category A branchline. In April 1976, Conrail petitioned the ICC for permission to close the Scranton terminal, but the ICC made Conrail keep Scranton and 26 other terminals open pending further study and public hearings. The ICC allowed the closure of the Scranton terminal in October 1976 after the study and hearings were completed. According to Conrail, industrial service within Scranton is basically unchanged, and the service connecting Scranton with other major traffic centers is also substantially the same. A majority of rail users in the Scranton area believed the frequency of local service was as good as that before Conrail, but this opinion was not unanimous.

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