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Thune encourages South Dakotans to attend STB rail meetings

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. John Thune, R-S.D. -- ranking member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation -- announced Tuesday that the Surface Transportation Board (STB)'s Rail Customer and Public Assistance program (RCPA) will be hosting a series of informal meetings with interested South Dakota shippers regarding railroad service delays on May 6 in Sioux Falls.

"The rail car shortages and service delays facing South Dakota shippers are having a huge economic impact on a wide cross section of producers in our state and region," Thune said in a press release. "These critical service issues also have a direct impact on the future economic health of South Dakota and our number one industry, agriculture. It is imperative that we work together to find a solution.

The STB's RCPA meetings will be held at the Country Inn Suites, located at 200 East Eighth Street in Sioux Falls. To accommodate as many shippers as possible, the individual meetings will be 30 minutes in length starting at 8 a.m. and end at 5 p.m.