July 25, 2018

Duckworth Meets With Surface Transportation Board Nominee Marty Oberman


[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today met with Marty Oberman, the nominee to be a member of the Surface Transportation Board (STB). Created in 1996, the STB is responsible for resolving railroad rate and service disputes, along with reviewing proposed railroad mergers. As a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, Duckworth will participate in Oberman’s confirmation on Thursday. A photograph of the meeting is available here.

“I shared my concerns with Mr. Oberman today about improving Amtrak’s on-time performance across Illinois and the need for better operational coordination to alleviate rail congestion in the Chicagoland area,” Duckworth said. “If confirmed, I look forward to working with Mr. Oberman and his STB colleagues on commonsense fixes to prevent delays and help ensure Illinois’s transportation needs are met for more efficient rail transit nationwide.”

STB is comprised of five members who are appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate. Oberman is a former Chicago Alderman and Chairman of the Board of Directors for Metra. He is an attorney and currently serves on the board of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning.

As a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, Duckworth is tasked with overseeing issues related to the nation’s transportation systems and infrastructure projects and works to ensure Illinois receives adequate funding from the federal government to rebuild and modernize state infrastructure and transportation systems.