|SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD DECISION DOCUMENT|
|UNITED STATES RAIL SERVICE ISSUES|
|Director Of Proceedings|
|DECISION: (1) PROVIDED NOTICE THAT THE APRIL 10, 2014 HEARING WILL BEGIN AT 8:30 A.M.; AND (2) PROVIDED THE SCHEDULE OF APPEARANCES FOR THE APRIL 10, 2014 HEARING.|
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43743 SERVICE DATE – LATE RELEASE APRIL 9, 2014
SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD
Docket No. EP 724
UNITED STATES RAIL SERVICE ISSUES
Decided: April 9, 2014
By decision served on April 1, 2014, the Board scheduled a public hearing for April 10, 2014, at its offices in Washington, D.C., to provide interested persons the opportunity to report on recent service problems in the United States rail network, to hear from rail industry executives on plans to address their service problems, and to discuss additional options to improve service. In its decision, the Board indicated that the hearing would begin at 9:30 a.m.; however, in order to accommodate the large number of notices of intent to participate received, the hearing will begin at 8:30 a.m. The schedule of appearances, with allotted times, is in the Appendix to this decision. Any party wishing to file written comments may do so by April 17, 2014.
If a party wishes to enhance its presentation by using visual displays and/or handouts, 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 April 9, 2014, 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. 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 April 9, 2014.
For further information regarding the hearing, contact Valerie Quinn at (202) 245-0382. Assistance for the hearing impaired is available through the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at (800) 877-8339.
This decision will not significantly affect either the quality of the human environment or the conservation of energy resources.
It is ordered:
1. The hearing will be held on April 10, 2014, beginning at 8:30 a.m., in the Board’s hearing room, at 395 E Street, S.W., Washington, DC.
2. Time for the hearing is allotted as reflected in the Appendix to this decision.
3. Any party wishing to file written comments may file their comments with the Board by April 17, 2014.
4. This decision is effective on its service date.
By the Board, Rachel D. Campbell, Director, Office of Proceedings
SCHEDULE OF APPEARANCES
THURSDAY, APRIL 10, 2014 (COMMENCING AT 8:30 A.M.)
Party Time Allotted
The Honorable John Thune (to speak upon arrival) as needed
United States Senate, South Dakota
The Unites States Department of Transportation as needed
and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)
Joseph C. Szabo, FRA Administrator
State of South Dakota 7 minutes
Lucas Lentsch, Secretary of Agriculture
Western Coal Traffic League 15 minutes
David McMillan, Senior Vice President, ALLETE External Affairs
Bob Kahn, General Manager of Texas Municipal Power Agency
North Dakota Grain Growers Association 5 minutes
Bob Wisness, President
The American Chemistry Council 15 minutes
Thomas E. Schick, Senior Director, Regulatory & Technical Affairs
National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) 10 minutes
DJ Stadtler, Vice President of Operations
Alliance for Rail Competition, et al. 15 minutes
Terry C. Whiteside
The American Soybean Association 15 minutes
and the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association
Lance Peterson, American Soybean Association
Bill Gordon, Minnesota Soybean Growers Association
CHS Inc. d/b/a Midwest Cooperatives 5
Dennis Jones, farmer and producer 5 minutes
National Farmers Union 15 minutes
Roger Johnson, President
The National Grain and Feed Association 15 minutes
Kevin Thompson, Chairman, Rail Shipper/Receiver Committee
BNSF Railway Company 20 minutes
Stevan Bobb, Executive Vice President
and Chief Marketing Officer
Robert Lease, Vice President, Service Design and Performance
Canadian Pacific Railway 20 minutes
Keith Creel, President and Chief Operating Officer
The Association of American Railroads 10 minutes
Jeffrey Harris, Co-Chairman of the Chicago Planning Group
Canadian National Railway Company 10 minutes
Jeff Liepelt, Senior Vice-President Southern Region
CSX Transportation, Inc. 10 minutes
Cressie Brown, Vice President – Service Design
and Advanced Technology
Norfolk Southern Railway Company 10 minutes
Rush Bailey, Assistant Vice President of Service Management
Union Pacific Railroad Company 7 minutes
Thomas C. Haley,
Assistant Vice President – Network Planning and Design
North Central Bean Dealers Association 15 minutes
John Berthold, Director
Plains Grain & Agronomy 5 minutes
Keith Brandt, General Manager
South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) 15 minutes
DuWayne Bosse, farmer and SDFU Marshall County President
South Dakota Wheat Growers Cooperative 5 minutes
Hal Clemensen, President of the Board of Directors
United Sugars Corporation 5 minutes
John Doxsie, President
The National Coal Transportation Association 10 minutes
Tom Canter, Executive Director
TUCO Inc. and NexGen Coal Services, Ltd. 5 minutes
Mark L. Adkins, Vice President, NexGen Coal Services, Ltd.
Xcel Energy 5 minutes
Thomas A. Imbler, Vice-President Commercial Operations
Consumers United for Rail Equity 5 minutes
Paul Gutierrez, Senior Principal, Legislative Affairs for the
National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
Growth Energy 15 minutes
Chris Bliley, Director, Regulatory Affairs
Renewable Fuels Association 5 minutes
Ed Hubbard, General Counsel
Northern Tier Energy LP 5 minutes
Kei Rietz, Commercial Manager
Jason Akey, Commercial Operations Manager
Charles H. Banks, President, R.L. Banks and Assoc., Inc.
Occidental Chemical Corporation 5 minutes
Robin A. Burns, Vice President – Supply Chain
NewPage 5 minutes
Gretchen Clark, Director of Logistics and Warehousing
West Linn Paper Company 5 minutes
Scott Dalesandro, Columbia River Logistics Inc.
Normerica Inc. and Northdown Industries Inc. 5 minutes
Adam Manna, General Counsel
AMCOL International Corporation 5 minutes
Jeff Burket, Global Supply Chain Manager
VBR Tours, LLC 5 minutes
Todd Powell, President