Even though the COVID-19 pandemic has changed many things, it hasn’t changed the fact that companies and communities rely on their supply chains.
If you (or your customers or suppliers) rely on rail, rest assured railroads are maintaining operations and keeping goods flowing. Even so, during this time, staying informed is important. If you’d like to learn more about the status of the railroad during this time, the following resources can help keep you informed.
Association of American Railroads
The Association of American Railroads “Railroads and COVID-19 Response” page details how railroads are keeping workers safe and critical goods moving. Additional information includes:
- Keeping Railroad Workers Safe Fact Sheet
- Railroad Workers Keep Critical Goods Moving Fact Sheet
- A list of government and railroad-specific resources
American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association
The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association has a COVID-19 Updates page dedicated to providing the latest COVID-19 information relevant to its short line railroad members. Resources on the page include:
The Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)
The Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is the agency that deemed railroad workers "Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers.” This means that even during shelter in place orders, railroad employees are able to do the important work for which they are responsible. The CISA also has a Transportation Systems Sector page with a section devoted to freight rail.
U.S. Department of Transportation
The U.S. Department of Transportation Coronavirus Resources page provides a summary of the actions each of its agencies (including the Federal Railroad Administration) is taking in response to COVID-19.
Union Pacific Railroad
Union Pacific Railroad offers a Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for Union Pacific Customers page, a central repository for the information customers need during the pandemic. This includes:
- Rail network status updates
- Links to commercial updates
- Instructions for activating notifications
- Quick links to contact Union Pacific
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
While not specifically railroad related, businesses may also want to visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Resources for Businesses and Employers page, which provides:
- Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations
- Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19