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41715                        SERVICE DATE – LATE RELEASE JUNE 17, 2011






Docket No. EP 705




Decided:  June 17, 2011


The Surface Transportation Board will hold a hearing on Wednesday, June 22, 2011, and Thursday, June 23, 2011, at the Board’s headquarters located at 395 E Street, S.W., Washington, DC, to allow interested parties to comment on the issues in this proceeding.  Due to the number of speakers and the breadth of issues the parties intend to address, the hearing will begin each day at 8:30 a.m., rather than the 9:30 a.m. start time specified in previous notices.


By notice served on January 11, 2011 (January notice), the Board announced its intent to hold a public hearing on May 3, 2011, to explore the current state of competition in the railroad industry and possible policy alternatives to facilitate more competition, where appropriate.  The January notice provided deadlines for submission of initial comments, reply comments, notices of intent to participate (with written testimony), and submissions by other interested persons, and noted that, although the Board planned to hold the hearing in a single day, it might extend the hearing if the number of participants or the breadth of submitted written testimony so required.


            By decision served on February 4, 2011, the Board granted an extension of time for the various deadlines set in the January notice, and rescheduled the public hearing from May 3, 2011, to June 22, 2011.  The Board established June 10, 2011 as the deadline for submission of notices of intent to participate in the hearing.  The Board again noted that, if necessary, it would extend the hearing for a second day.  By notice served on June 13, 2011, the Board extended the hearing to June 23, 2010.  Based on notices of intent to participate received, the Board is issuing this decision to set the schedule of speakers for the hearing.  The schedule of appearances and the time provided for each party appear in the Appendix to this decision. 


If a party wishes to enhance its presentation by using visual displays and/or handouts of material from the record, it may do so.  Parties may copy computer presentations to a Board-supplied laptop for viewing on the hearing room’s television screens.  Staff will be available to demonstrate the hearing room’s screen system and to assist in the copying of visual presentations onto the hearing room laptop computer on June 21, 2011, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Please call (202) 245-0238 to make arrangements.


Instructions for Attendance at Hearing


The STB requests that all persons attending the hearing use the main entrance to Patriots Plaza I at 395 E Street, S.W. (entrance on E Street closest to 4th Street).  There will be no reserved seating, except for those scheduled to present comments.  The building will be open to the public at 7:00 a.m., and participants are encouraged to arrive early.  There is no public parking in the building.  The two closest Metro stops to the Board are on the Blue and Orange Lines at Federal Center SW, 3rd and D Streets, S.W., and on the Yellow, Green, Orange and Blue Lines at L’Enfant Plaza, 6th and D Streets, S.W.


Upon arrival, check in at the 1st floor security desk in the main lobby.  Be prepared to produce valid photographic identification (driver’s license or local, state, or Federal government identification); sign in at the security desk; receive a hearing room pass (to be displayed at all times); submit to an inspection of all briefcases, handbags, etc.; and pass through a metal detector.  Persons choosing to exit the building during the course of the hearing must surrender their hearing room passes to security personnel and will be subject to the above security procedures if they choose to re-enter the building.  Hearing room passes likewise will be collected from those exiting the hearing upon its conclusion.


In addition, those persons testifying must check in with the Clerk at the front of the hearing room.


Laptops and recorders may be used in the hearing room, but no provision will be made for connecting personal computers to the internet.  Cellular telephone use is not permitted in the hearing room; cell phones may be used quietly in the corridor surrounding the hearing room, or in the building’s main lobby.


Members of the media should contact Dennis Watson in the Office of Public Assistance, Governmental Affairs, and Compliance at (202) 245-0234, if they plan to attend the hearing.


            The Board’s hearing room complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and persons needing such accommodations should call (202) 245-0245, by the close of business on June 20, 2011.


            For further information regarding the hearing, contact Amy Ziehm at (202) 245-0391.  Assistance for the hearing impaired is available through the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at (800) 877-8339.


            This action will not significantly affect either the quality of the human environment or the conservation of energy resources.

            It is ordered:

            1.  Time for the hearing is allotted as reflected in the Appendix to this decision.

            2.  This decision is effective on the date of service.

By the Board, Rachel D. Campbell, Director, Office of Proceedings.







JUNE 22, 2011



Party                                                                                                               Time Allotted


Panel I


Members of Congress (to speak as they arrive)                                              as needed


Panel II


Interested Parties                                                                                            30 minutes

            Scott Stone, Jeffrey Moreno, Michael McBride


National Industrial Transportation League                                                     5 minutes

            Curt H. Warfel (accompanied by counsel Karyn A. Booth)


Panel III


Association of American Railroads                                                                40 minutes

            Edward R. Hamberger, Edward A. Burkhardt,

            William J. Rennicke, Robert Willig, Samuel M. Sipe, Jr.


Panel IV


North Carolina Department of Transportation                                               5 minutes

            Jim Trogdon


Panel V


Alliance for Rail Competition, et al.                                                               10 minutes

            Terry C. Whiteside


National Association of Wheat Growers                                                        10 minutes

            Wayne Hurst


National Grain and Feed Association                                                             10 minutes

            Kendell W. Keith


Panel VI


CSX Corporation                                                                                            10 minutes

            Michael J. Ward


Kansas City Southern Railway Company                                                      10 minutes

            Michael R. Haverty, David M. Konschnik


Union Pacific Railroad Company                                                                   10 minutes

            James R. Young, Lance M. Fritz


Panel VII


Consumers United for Rail Equity                                                                 10 minutes

            Glenn English (accompanied by counsel)


Western Coal Traffic League                                                                          10 minutes

            Kenneth C. Baseman, Peter A. Pfohl


Concerned Captive Coal Shippers                                                                  10 minutes

            C. Michael Loftus


Panel VIII


American Shortline and Regional Railroad Association                                30 minutes

            Richard F. Timmons, Michael Ogborn,

            Sharon Clark, Carl Martland


Panel IX


American Chemistry Council                                                                          5 minutes

            To be determined


The Chlorine Institute, Inc.                                                                             5 minutes

            Sharon Piciacchio


Panel X


Transportation Communications Union/IAM                                                 5 minutes

            Robert A. Scardelletti            


United Transportation Union—New York State Legislative Board              5 minutes

            Gordon P. MacDougall


Panel XI


J.P. Morgan Securities, LLC                                                                           5 minutes

            Thomas Wadewitz


Wolfe Trahan & Co.                                                                                       10 minutes

            Scott Group



JUNE 23, 2011



Party                                                                                                               Time Allotted


Panel I


Ameren Corporation                                                                                       10 minutes

            James A. Sobule


Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation                                                   10 minutes

            Jonathan Oliver


Omaha Public Power District                                                                         8 minutes

            Thomas W. Wilcox


Panel II


Hub Group, Inc.                                                                                              10 minutes

            David P. Yeager


Intermodal Association of North America, Inc.                                             5 minutes

            Steven Rubin


J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc.                                                                  10 minutes

            Paul R. Bergant


Moran Industries                                                                                             10 minutes

            John D. Moran, Jr.


Panel III


Arkema, Inc.                                                                                                   10 minutes

            John O’Leary


The Dow Chemical Company                                                                         10 minutes

            Brad Gray


E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company                                                        10 minutes

            Gary Spitzer


Occidental Chemical Corporation                                                                  10 minutes

            Robin A. Burns


Olin Corporation                                                                                             10 minutes

            John L. McIntosh


PPG Industries, Inc.                                                                                       5 minutes

            Michael H. McGarry; Karyn A. Booth


Panel IV


BNSF Railway Company                                                                               10 minutes

            John P. Lanigan


Norfolk Southern Railway Company                                                             10 minutes

            Mark A. Manion, James A. Hixon


Panel V


Diversified CPC International, Inc.                                                                10 minutes

            William A. Frauenheim, III


M & G Polymers USA, LLC                                                                          10 minutes

            Fred J. Fournier


United States Gypsum Company                                                                   10 minutes

            George T. Macko


Panel VI


Wisconsin Central Group                                                                                10 minutes

            John Duncan Varda


Highroad Consulting, Ltd.                                                                             10 minutes

            Sandra J. Dearden


The Mercury Group                                                                                        10 minutes

            Craig S. Dickman


Nevada Central Railroad                                                                                5 minutes

            Robert Alan Kemp