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EP_542_17

Case Title:  
REGULATIONS GOVERNING FEES FOR SERVICES PERFORMED IN CONNECTION WITH LICENSING AND RELATED SERVICE--2010 UPDATE

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Entire Board

    Decision Summary

Decision Notes:  
DECISION UPDATES THE BOARD USER FEES BASED ON THE COST STUDY FORMULA SET FORTH AT 49 C.F.R. 1002.3(d) AND OTHER FACTORS RELEVANT TO BOARD FEE POLICY. MOST OF THE BOARD'S USER FEES EITHER DECREASE OR REMAIN UNCHANGED IN 2010.

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40539 SERVICE DATE – JULY 28, 2010

EB

 

This decision will be included in the bound volumes

of printed reports at a later date.

 

DECISION

 

Docket No. EP 542 (Sub-No. 17)

 

REGULATIONS GOVERNING FEES FOR SERVICES PERFORMED

IN CONNECTION WITH LICENSING AND RELATED SERVICES–2010 UPDATE

 

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Decided: July 22, 2010

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The Board adopts the 2010 User Fee Update.

 

BACKGROUND

 

The Surface Transportation Board is required by regulation at 49 C.F.R.  1002.3 to update its user fees at least once per year. The Board’s last annual user-fee update was issued in Regulations Governing Fees for Services Performed in Connection with Licensing and Related Services–2009 Update, EP 542 (Sub-No. 16) (STB served May 5, 2009) (2009 Fee Update), and became effective June 4, 2009. This decision updates our fees based on the cost study formula set forth at 49 C.F.R.  1002.3(d) and other factors relevant to Board fee policy.[1]

 

In this decision, we decrease many of the Board’s user fees. This decrease is primarily a result of our application of the 2010 update factors, described below. In general, a Government-wide salary increase and a slight increase in overhead operation costs are offset by decreases in the Board’s general and administrative expenses. As a result, most of the Board’s user fees either decrease or remain unchanged in 2010.

 

2010 UPDATE FACTORS

 

For the 2010 update, direct-labor cost data reflect the combined 2010 Government-wide general and locality salary increase of 2.42%[2] that took effect in January 2010. However, user fees in this decision have generally either decreased or remained unchanged from those in the 2009 Fee Update. These decreased and unchanged fees are due mainly to various Board overhead cost changes. Specifically, the Government Fringe Benefit Cost Factor used in the current update formula is applied at the same rate as last year’s decision – 56.25%.[3] Based on fiscal year (FY) 2009 actual budget data, the Board’s Office General and Administrative Expense Factor decreased from 28.18% to 24.04%, while the Operations Overhead Factor, developed from FY 2009 payroll cost data, increased slightly from 19.01% to 19.23%. Lastly, the Board’s General and Administrative Expense Factor decreased from 11.93% to 10.45%. The 2010 full cost for each fee or sub-fee item developed from these factors is set forth in column 9 of APPENDIX A.[4]

 

Due to the pay increase of 2.42%, coupled with 2 of the Board’s 3 overhead cost factors decreasing by a combined total of approximately 5.60%, the 2010 full costs have dropped by about 2.0% when compared to the 2009 Fee Update full cost levels.

 

FEDERAL REGISTER COST

 

There are no changes from the 2009 Fee Update decision to publication costs.  The United States Government Printing Office (GPO) has informed the Board that changes in GPO’s March 2006 Circular Letter No. 609, with publication costs at $163 per column, remain in effect.

 

ADDITIONAL CHANGES TO FEES

 

1. Recent Changes to Formal Rate Complaint Fees:

 

In Simplified Standards for Rail Rate Cases, EP 646 (Sub-No. 1) (STB served Sept. 5, 2007), the Board modified its rules at 49 C.F.R.  1002.2(f)(56) to establish fees for new complaint procedures developed by the Board for small and medium-size rate cases. As of that date,  1002.2(f)(56) read as follows:

 

(56) A formal complaint alleging unlawful rates or practices of carriers:

 

 

 

(i) A formal complaint filed under the coal rate guidelines (Stand-Alone Cost Methodology) alleging unlawful rates and/or practices of rail carriers under 49 U.S.C. 10704(c)(1) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

 

 

 

$178,200.

 

(ii) A formal complaint involving rail maximum rates filed under the Simplified-SAC methodology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

 

 

10,600.

 

(iii) A formal complaint involving rail maximum rates filed under the Three Benchmark methodology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

 

 

150.

(iv) All other formal complaints (except competitive access complaints) . .

17,600.

 

(v) Competitive access complaints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

 

150.

 

(vi) A request for an order compelling a rail carrier to establish a common carrier rate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

 

 

200.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Subsequent legislation mandated further revisions to the fee schedule adopted in Simplified Standards for Rail Rate Cases. On December 26, 2007, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, Pub. L. No. 110-161, 121 Stat. 1844 (2007) was enacted into law. In addition to establishing the Board’s FY 2008 funding, it also stated, in section 194, the following:

 

None of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available under this Act may be used by the Surface Transportation Board of the Department of Transportation to charge or collect any filing fee for rate complaints filed with the Board in an amount in excess of the amount authorized for district court civil suit filing fees under section 1914 of title 28, United States Code.

 

As a result, the Board modified 2 of the 6 sub-fee items in 49 C.F.R.  1002.2(f)(56) of its User Fee schedule. Regulations Governing Fees for Services Performed in Connection with Licensing and Related Services–2007 Update, EP No. 542 (Sub-No. 14) (STB served Jan. 25, 2008). Specifically, the fees for both a formal complaint filed under the coal rate guidelines and a complaint involving rail maximum rates filed under the Simplified-SAC methodology were reduced to $350, the current district court filing fee under 28 U.S.C.  1914.[5] Because Congress mandated continuation of the $350 filing-fee limit in the Omnibus Appropriations for FY 2009,[6] and again mandated it with the same language in the Omnibus Appropriations for FY 2010, in this decision the Board continues to hold those 2 rate-case fees at that $350 level.[7] These fees, and others the Board addresses, are included in the Schedule of Filing Fees in APPENDIX B.

 

The fee for all other formal complaints (i.e., non-rate complaints)–sub-item 56(iv)–was not affected by the above referenced Appropriation legislation.[8] Thus, in this proceeding, we set the fee for this sub-item at $20,600, which reflects a $500 decrease from the 2009 sub-fee item amount and which takes into account the 2010 cost and overhead changes.[9]

 

2. Other Original Below-Cost Fees (Capped):

 

Historically, certain fees have been held to levels well below the full cost level. The Board capped these fees out of a concern that higher fees would have a chilling effect on some complaints or petitions, or because certain types of actions were deemed to benefit the general public. Capped fees are occasionally adjusted, and the Board continues to monitor them. Such fees include: trail use condition requests–item 27(i); Amtrak conveyance and compensation proceedings–items 47 and 48, respectively; appeals to Board decisions–item 61(i); motor carrier undercharge proceedings–item 62; and labor arbitration proceedings–item 60. See Regulations Governing Fees for Services Performed in Connection with Licensing and Related Services–2002 New Fees, 7 S.T.B. 511 (2004) (2002 New Fees).

 

In the 2009 Fee Update, the Board raised these 6 fee and sub-fee items to $250. The $250 fees were predicated on a measurement of the full cost level changes between March 2004 and March 2009. Because these fee and sub-fee items represent greatly reduced fee amounts, the Board is holding the 6 items constant at the $250 level in this decision.

 

Fees for item 13, feeder line development program ($2,600), item 58(i), petition for declaratory order involving a dispute over an existing rate or practice ($1,000), and item 58(ii), all other petitions for declaratory order ($1,400) will remain at their current fee levels because they also represent greatly reduced fee amounts.

 

3. Certain Fees from the 2002 New Fees Decision Held Below-Cost (Capped):

 

In 2002 New Fees, the Board added 19 new fee or sub-fee items to its user-fee schedule. Six of those items were capped below their full costs for reasons discussed either in the 2002 New Fees final decision or in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for that proceeding.[10] Those capped items included: item 12(iv), request for determination of a dispute involving a rail construction that crosses the line of another carrier; former item 56(ii), now 56(iii), formal complaint involving rail maximum rates filed under the Three Benchmark methodology; item 56(vi), request for an order compelling a rail carrier to establish a common carrier rate; items 63(i) and 63(ii), request for expedited or temporary relief for service emergency or service inadequacy, respectively; and item 88, basic fee for STB adjudicatory services not otherwise covered.

 

In this decision, the Board also holds the fees for 5 out of the 6 2002 New Fee sub-item fees at the $250 level. The 6th capped sub-fee item—item 56(iii)—will be held at $150 because it has only been in effect for approximately 2 years. The Board adjusts the remaining 13 items established in 2002 New Fees to account for the 2010 salary increase and changes to the Board’s overhead costs. These items are included in the Schedule of Filing Fees in APPENDIX B.

 

4. Fee Items Pertaining to Solid-Waste Rail Transfer Facilities:

 

On January 14, 2009, the Board served both a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and an Adoption of Interim Rules in Solid Waste Rail Transfer Facilities, EP 684. This rulemaking was based on the October 16, 2008 Clean Railroads Act of 2008, Pub. L. No. 110-432, 122 Stat. 4848 (CRA), which revised 49 U.S.C.  10501(c)(2) to remove regulation of solid-waste rail transfer facilities from the Board’s jurisdiction, except as provided in that Act. The CRA limited the Board’s authority to regulate solid-waste rail transfer facilities to the issuance of land-use-exemption permits. In adopting Interim Rules, the Board established 2 new fees for the Board’s current master Schedule of Filing Fees, which are:

 

(16) An application for a land-use-exemption permit for a facility existing as of October 16, 2008 under 49 U.S.C. 10909……………………………….. $6,300.

 

(17) An application for a land-use-exemption permit for a facility not existing as of October 16, 2008 under 49 U.S.C. 10909 ……………….….………. $22,200.[11]

 

However, because these Interim Rules now have been in effect for over 1 year, the Board will apply the current update formula to these 2 items, adjusting them as it does for other non-capped user fee or sub-fee items in the schedule. Application of the formula results in 2010 fees of $6,000 and $21,100 for items (16) and (17), respectively (reductions from the 2009 Fee Update decision of $300 and $1,100, respectively).

 

RESULTS FROM THE 2010 UPDATE

 

The Board’s current master Schedule of Filing Fees, like last year, contains 125 fee or sub-fee items. Based on the various direct-labor and overhead changes instituted in this decision, we find the following: (1) legislation holds fees for 2 of these 125 items at $350; (2) 4 sub-fee items out of the 125 in the master schedule show fee increases that range from $1 to $3; (3) fees for 95 items (76% of the Board’s fee schedule) are either unchanged (63 items) or decreased by $100 or less (32 items); (4) of the 26 fees with decreases greater than $100, 18 are decreased by less than $2,000; and (5) all 8 of the items that decreased by $2,100 or more pertain to major or significant financial transactions.[12]

 

Many fees had either small decreases or no decreases, because the combined 2010 wage increase of 2.42% was offset by 2 of the 3 overhead factors, which decreased by greater percentages (approximately 5.60% combined). Fee or sub-fee items that do not require a Federal Register notice show a net drop in full cost of about 2.0% for 2010 from the 2009 Fee Update. The following table depicts the breakdown of user-fee changes for this proceeding.

 

SUMMARY OF USER-FEE CHANGES FOR 2010

 

 

Fee Item Change Category:

 

Number of

User Fees

 

Percent of Total

User Fee Schedule

 

(1)

 

(2)

 

(3)

 

1. Increases of $1 - $3

 

4

 

3.20%

 

2. No Fee Change

 

63

 

50.40%

 

3. Decreases of $1 - $50

 

6

 

4.80%

 

4. Decreases of $100

 

26

 

20.80%

 

5. Decreases of $200 B $900

 

14

 

11.20%

 

6. Decreases of $1,000 B $2,000

 

4

 

3.20%

 

7. Decreases of $2,100 - $31,000

 

8

 

6.40%

 

TOTAL

 

125

 

100.00%

 

NOTICE AND COMMENT REQUIREMENT

 

The fee changes adopted here generally are a product of the mechanical application of the current update formula at 49 C.F.R.  1002.3(d), which was adopted through notice and comment procedures in Regulations Governing Fees for Service–1987 Update, 4 I.C.C.2d 137 (1987). This decision does not contain any new proposed fee or sub-fee items, although it does contain 2 fees that were established last year in Solid Waste Rail Transfer Facilities, as described above. Therefore, notice and comment are unnecessary for this proceeding. See Regulations Governing Fees For Services–1990 Update, 7 I.C.C.2d 3 (1990); Regulations Governing Fees For Services–1991 Update, 8 I.C.C.2d 13 (1991); and Regulations Governing Fees For Services–1993 Update, 9 I.C.C.2d 855 (1993).

 

REGULATORY FLEXIBILITY ANALYSIS

 

The Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980, 5 U.S.C.  601-612, generally requires a description and analysis of final rules that will have significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. In drafting a rule an agency is required to: (1) assess the effect that its regulation will have on small entities; (2) analyze effective alternatives that may minimize a regulation’s impact; and (3) make the analysis available for public comment. 5 U.S.C.  601-604. In its notice of proposed rulemaking, the agency must either include an initial regulatory flexibility analysis, 5 U.S.C.  603(a), or certify that the proposed rule will not have a “significant impact on a substantial number of small entities,” 5 U.S.C.  605(b). The impact must be a direct impact on small entities “whose conduct is circumscribed or mandated” by the proposed rule. White Eagle Coop. Ass’n v. Conner, 553 F.3d 467, 480 (7th Cir. 2009).

 

Though these rules may have some impact on a small entity because a small entity may be subject to a filing fee, the rules provide a waiver provision of filing fees for those entities that can make the required showing of financial hardship. Therefore, if any small entity would incur a significant economic impact from paying one of the fees, they could make such a showing and have that fee waived. Accordingly, pursuant to 5 U.S.C.  605(b), the Board certifies that the regulations proposed herein would not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities within the meaning of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. A copy of this decision will be served upon the Chief Counsel for Advocacy, Office of Advocacy, U.S. Small Business Administration, Washington, DC 20416.

 

It is ordered:

 

1. 49 C.F.R. Part 1002 of the Code of Federal Regulations is amended as indicated in APPENDIX B. Notice of the final rules adopted here will be transmitted to Congress pursuant to Pub. L. 104-121 (Mar. 29, 1996).

 

2. These rules are effective on August 27, 2010.

 

By the Board, Chairman Elliott, Vice Chairman Mulvey, and Commissioner Nottingham.

 


 

APPENDIX A

 

 

 

 

FEE

 

 

2009

DIRECT

LABOR

 

2010 DIRECT LABOR UPDATE

(2.42% INCR.)

 

 

(56.25%)

GOVT.

FRINGES

 

 

 

TOTAL

2+3

 

 

(19.23%)

OPERATIONS

OVERHEAD

 

 

(24.04%)

OFFICE

G&A

 

 

(10.45%)

BOARD

G&A

 

 

 

PUBLICATION

COSTS

 

 

 

TOTAL

SUM(4‑8)

 

 

 

1

 

2

 

3

 

4

 

5

 

6

 

7

 

8

 

9

 

1

$1,693.05

$1734.02

$975.39

$2,709.41

$520.92

$776.47

$418.82

$4.00

$4,429.62

2i

713.77

731.04

411.21

1142.26

219.61

327.35

176.57

193.89

2059.68

2ii

1107.48

1134.28

638.03

1772.31

340.75

507.91

273.96

349.54

3244.48

2iii

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

2678.98[13]

3

10494.52

10748.49

6046.02

16794.51

3228.98

4813.01

2596.08

193.89

27626.47

4i

1693.05

1734.02

975.39

2709.41

520.92

776.47

418.82

193.89

4619.51

4ii

40.69

41.67

23.44

65.12

12.52

18.66

10.07

0.00

106.36

5

190.95

195.57

110.01

305.58

58.75

87.57

47.24

5.00

504.14

6

546.44

559.66

314.81

874.47

168.13

250.61

135.18

280.16

1708.55

11i

2722.09

2787.96

1568.23

4356.19

837.54

1248.41

673.38

163.00

7278.52

11ii

582.88

596.99

335.80

932.79

179.34

267.32

144.19

298.84

1822.48

11iii

4739.81

4854.51

2730.66

7585.18

1458.36

2173.78

1172.51

193.89

12583.71

12i

28446.29

29134.69

16388.26

45522.95

8752.42

13046.07

7036.89

209.57

74567.90

12ii

582.88

596.99

335.80

932.79

179.34

267.32

144.19

298.84

1822.48

12iii

28446.29

29134.69

16388.26

45522.95

8752.42

13046.07

7036.89

209.57

74567.90

12iv

5650.79

5787.54

3255.49

9043.03

1738.65

2591.57

1397.86

0.00

14771.11

APPENDIX A

 

 

 

 

 

FEE

 

 

2009

DIRECT

LABOR

 

2010 DIRECT LABOR UPDATE

(2.42% INCR.)

 

 

(56.25%)

GOVT.

FRINGES

 

 

 

TOTAL

2+3

 

 

(19.23%)

OPERATIONS

OVERHEAD

 

 

(24.04%)

OFFICE

G&A

 

 

(10.45%)

BOARD

G&A

 

 

 

PUBLICATION

COSTS

 

 

 

TOTAL

SUM(4‑8)

 

 

 

1

 

2

 

3

 

4

 

5

 

6

 

7

 

8

 

9

 

 

13

8737.26

8948.70

5033.64

13982.35

2688.30

4007.09

2161.38

190.17

23029.29

 

14i

2304.35

2360.12

1327.56

3687.68

709.01

1056.82

570.04

193.89

6217.44

 

 

14ii

582.88

596.99

335.80

932.79

179.34

267.32

144.19

298.84

1822.48

 

 

14iii

2457.50

2516.97

1415.80

3932.77

756.13

1127.06

607.92

213.95

6637.83

 

15

588.40

602.64

338.98

941.62

181.04

269.85

145.56

166.71

1704.78

 

 

16

2226.33

2280.21

1287.18

3567.38

685.88

1022.35

551.44

237.61

6064.66

 

 

17

8033.08

8227.48

4627.96

12855.44

2471.64

3684.14

1987.18

163.00

21161.40

 

 

21i

8417.06

8620.75

4849.17

13469.93

2589.78

3860.24

2082.17

163.00

22165.12

 

 

21ii

1256.49

1286.90

723.88

2010.78

386.60

576.25

310.82

413.69

3698.14

 

 

21iii

2332.75

2389.20

1343.93

3733.13

717.75

1069.85

577.06

237.61

6335.40

 

 

22

182.03

186.44

104.87

291.30

56.01

83.48

45.03

0.00

475.82

 

 

23

726.31

743.89

418.44

1162.32

223.47

333.10

179.67

0.00

1898.57

 

 

24

695.02

711.84

400.41

1112.25

213.85

318.75

171.93

0.00

1816.78

 

 

25

597.83

612.30

344.42

956.71

183.94

274.18

147.89

0.00

1562.72

 

 

26

8662.94

8872.58

4990.83

13863.41

2665.43

3973.01

2142.99

0.00

22644.84

 

 

27i

448.22

459.07

258.23

717.29

137.91

205.56

110.88

0.00

1171.64

 

 

27ii

175.78

180.03

101.27

281.30

54.08

80.62

43.48

0.00

459.49

 

 

36

7175.66

7349.31

4133.99

11483.30

2207.82

3290.91

1775.08

193.89

18951.00

 

 

37

3842.90

3935.90

2213.94

6149.84

1182.39

1762.44

950.64

193.89

10239.19

 

 

38i

567710.25

581448.84

327064.97

908513.81

174674.41

260363.93

140437.11

5990.36

1489979.62

 

 

38ii

113544.33

116292.10

65414.31

181706.41

34935.58

52073.83

28087.99

1198.06

298001.87

 

 

38iii

2304.35

2360.12

1327.56

3687.68

709.01

1056.82

570.04

1531.65

7555.20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

FEE

 

 

2009

DIRECT

LABOR

 

2010 DIRECT LABOR UPDATE

(2.42% INCR.)

 

 

(56.25%)

GOVT.

FRINGES

 

 

 

TOTAL

2+3

 

 

(19.23%)

OPERATIONS

OVERHEAD

 

 

(24.04%)

OFFICE

G&A

 

 

(10.45%)

BOARD

G&A

 

 

 

PUBLICATION

COSTS

 

 

 

TOTAL

SUM(4‑8)

 

 

 

1

 

2

 

3

 

4

 

5

 

6

 

7

 

8

 

9

38iv

546.44

559.66

314.81

874.47

168.13

250.61

135.18

280.16

1708.55

 

38v

2304.35

2360.12

1327.56

3687.68

709.01

1056.82

570.04

1531.65

7555.20

 

38vi

3517.49

3602.61

2026.47

5629.08

1082.27

1613.20

870.14

193.89

9388.58

 

38vii

2116.39

2167.61

1219.28

3386.89

651.18

970.62

523.54

0.00

5532.22

 

39i

567710.25

581448.84

327064.97

908513.81

174674.41

260363.93

140437.11

5990.36

1489979.62

 

39ii

113544.33

116292.10

65414.31

181706.41

34935.58

52073.83

28087.99

1198.06

298001.87

 

39iii

2304.35

2360.12

1327.56

3687.68

709.01

1056.82

570.04

1531.65

7555.20

39iv

396.62

406.22

228.50

634.72

122.03

181.90

98.11

301.55

1338.31

39v

2304.35

2360.12

1327.56

3687.68

709.01

1056.82

570.04

1531.65

7555.20

 

39vi

3517.49

3602.61

2026.47

5629.08

1082.27

1613.20

870.14

193.89

9388.58

 

39vii

2116.39

2167.61

1219.28

3386.89

651.18

970.62

523.54

0.00

 

5532.22

 

40i

567710.25

581448.84

327064.97

908513.81

174674.41

260363.93

140437.11

5990.36

 

1489979.62

 

40ii

113544.33

116292.10

65414.31

181706.41

34935.58

52073.83

28087.99

1198.06

 

298001.87

 

40iii

2304.35

2360.12

1327.56

3687.68

709.01

1056.82

570.04

1531.65

 

7555.20

 

40iv

367.36

376.25

211.64

587.89

113.03

168.48

90.88

246.56

 

1206.84

 

40v

2304.35

2360.12

1327.56

3687.68

709.01

1056.82

570.04

1531.65

 

7555.20

 

40vi

3517.49

3602.61

2026.47

5629.08

1082.27

1613.20

870.14

193.89

 

9388.58

 

40vii

2116.39

2167.61

1219.98

3386.89

651.18

970.62

523.54

0.00

 

5532.22

 

41i

567710.25

581448.84

327064.97

908513.81

174674.41

260363.93

140437.11

5990.36

1489979.62

 

41ii

113544.33

116292.10

65414.31

181706.41

34935.58

52073.83

28087.99

1198.06

298001.87

 

41iii

2304.35

2360.12

1327.56

3687.68

709.01

1056.82

570.04

1531.65

 

7555.20

 

41iv

436.78

447.35

251.63

698.98

134.39

200.32

108.05

279.43

1421.17

 

41v

2304.35

2360.12

1327.56

3687.68

709.01

1056.82

570.04

1531.65

7555.20


 

 

 

 

FEE

 

 

2009

DIRECT

LABOR

 

2010 DIRECT LABOR UPDATE

(2.42% INCR.)

 

 

(56.25%)

GOVT.

FRINGES

 

 

 

TOTAL

2+3

 

 

(19.23%)

OPERATIONS

OVERHEAD

 

 

(24.04%)

OFFICE

G&A

 

 

(10.45%)

BOARD

G&A

 

 

 

PUBLICATION

COSTS

 

 

 

TOTAL

SUM(4‑8)

 

 

 

1

 

2

 

3

 

4

 

5

 

6

 

7

 

8

 

9

 

 

41vi

2457.50

2516.97

1415.80

3932.77

756.13

1127.06

607.92

213.95

6637.83

 

 

41vii

2116.39

2167.61

1219.28

3386.89

651.18

970.62

523.54

0.00

5532.22

 

 

42

788.77

807.86

454.42

1262.28

242.69

361.75

195.12

353.17

2415.01

 

 

43

26620.47

27264.69

15336.39

42601.07

8190.65

12208.71

6585.23

193.89

69779.55

 

 

44i

4876.97

4994.99

2809.68

7804.68

1500.56

2236.68

1206.44

193.89

12942.24

 

 

44ii

40.69

41.67

23.44

65.12

12.52

18.66

10.07

0.00

106.36

 

 

45

302.91

310.24

174.51

484.75

93.20

138.92

74.93

0.00

791.80

 

 

46

2993.43

3065.87

1724.55

4790.42

921.03

1372.85

740.50

193.89

8018.69

 

 

47

57575.73

58969.06

33170.10

92139.16

17715.03

26405.45

14242.77

0.00

150505.42

 

 

48

69833.23

71523.19

40231.80

111754.99

21486.45

32027.00

17274.97

0.00

182543.41

 

 

56i

159437.34

163295.72

91853.84

255149.57

49056.05

73121.34

39440.75

0.00

416767.71

 

 

56ii

15818.88

16201.70

9113.45

25315.15

4867.19

7254.87

3913.19

0.00

41350.40

 

 

56iii

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

150.00

 

 

56iv

15818.88

16201.70

9113.45

25315.15

4867.19

7254.87

3913.19

0.00

41350.40

 

 

56v

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

150.00

 

 

56vi

19716.73

20193.87

11359.05

31552.93

6066.49

9042.51

4877.42

0.00

51539.35

 

 

57

3392.93

3475.04

1954.71

5429.75

1043.94

1556.07

839.32

0.00

8869.09

 

 

58i

3187.45

3264.59

1836.33

5100.92

980.72

1461.83

788.49

611.26

8943.22

 

 

58ii

2522.09

2583.12

1453.01

4036.13

776.00

1156.68

623.90

163.00

6755.72

 

 

59

2621.98

2685.43

1510.56

4195.99

806.74

1202.50

648.61

193.89

7047.72

 

 

60

5195.59

5321.32

2993.24

8314.57

1598.59

2382.81

1285.26

0.00

13581.22

 

 

61i

2532.93

2594.23

1459.25

4053.48

779.34

1161.66

626.58

0.00

6621.06

 


 

 

 

 

FEE

 

 

2009

DIRECT

LABOR

 

2010 DIRECT LABOR UPDATE

(2.42% INCR.)

 

 

(56.25%)

GOVT.

FRINGES

 

 

 

TOTAL

2+3

 

 

(19.23%)

OPERATIONS

OVERHEAD

 

 

(24.04%)

OFFICE

G&A

 

 

(10.45%)

BOARD

G&A

 

 

 

PUBLICATION

COSTS

 

 

 

TOTAL

SUM(4‑8)

 

 

 

1

 

2

 

3

 

4

 

5

 

6

 

7

 

8

 

9

61ii

144.52

148.02

83.26

231.28

44.47

66.28

35.75

0.00

377.77

 

62

4012.83

4109.94

2311.84

6421.78

1234.68

1840.37

992.67

0.00

10489.50

 

63i

7124.53

7296.94

4104.53

11401.47

2192.09

3267.46

1762.43

0.00

18623.45

 

63ii

7942.00

8134.20

4575.49

12709.68

2443.61

3642.37

1964.65

0.00

20760.31

 

64

228.62

234.15

131.71

365.86

70.34

104.85

56.55

0.00

597.61

 

76

474.89

486.38

273.59

759.97

146.12

217.79

117.48

2.00

1243.36

 

77

50.23

51.45

28.94

80.38

15.45

23.04

12.43

0.00

131.30

 

78

9.45

9.68

5.44

15.12

2.91

4.33

2.34

0.00

24.70

 

79i

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

75.00

 

79ii

59.85

61.30

34.48

95.78

18.41

27.45

14.81

0.00

156.45

 

80

234.26

239.93

134.96

374.89

72.08

107.44

57.95

0.00

612.35

 

81i

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

75.00

 

81ii

59.85

61.30

34.48

95.78

18.41

27.45

14.81

0.00

156.45

 

82

95.11

97.41

54.79

152.21

29.26

43.62

23.53

0.00

248.62

 

83

15.72

16.10

9.06

25.16

4.84

7.21

3.89

0.00

41.09

 

84

101.89

104.36

58.70

163.06

31.35

46.73

25.21

0.00

266.34

 

85

437.96

448.56

252.31

700.87

134.75

200.86

108.34

0.00

1144.82

 

86i

570.63

584.44

328.75

913.19

175.57

261.70

141.16

0.00

1491.62

 

86ii

1959.82

2007.25

1129.08

3136.32

603.00

898.81

484.81

0.00

5122.95

 

86iii

200.62

205.48

115.58

321.05

61.73

92.01

49.63

0.00

524.42

 

87i

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

75.00

 

87ii

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

75.00


 

 

 

 

FEE

 

 

2009

DIRECT

LABOR

 

2010 DIRECT LABOR UPDATE

(2.42% INCR.)

 

 

(56.25%)

GOVT.

FRINGES

 

 

 

TOTAL

2+3

 

 

(19.23%)

OPERATIONS

OVERHEAD

 

 

(24.04%)

OFFICE

G&A

 

 

(10.45%)

BOARD

G&A

 

 

 

PUBLICATION

COSTS

 

 

 

TOTAL

SUM(4‑8)

 

 

 

1

 

2

 

3

 

4

 

5

 

6

 

7

 

8

 

9

 

87iii

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

75.00

 

 

87iv

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

75.00

 

 

87v

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

150.00

 

 

88

218.71

224.00

126.00

350.00

67.29

100.31

54.10

0.00

571.71

 

 

96

12.29

12.59

7.08

19.67

3.78

5.64

3.04

0.00

32.13

 

 

97

9.35

9.58

5.39

14.96

2.88

4.29

2.31

0.00

24.44

 

 

98ia

62.27

63.78

35.87

99.65

19.16

28.56

15.40

0.00

162.77

 

 

98ib

18.05

18.49

10.40

28.89

5.55

8.28

4.47

0.00

47.18

 

 

98iia

98.38

100.76

56.68

157.44

30.27

45.12

24.34

163.00

420.16

 

 

98iib

18.05

18.49

10.40

28.89

5.55

8.28

4.47

0.00

47.18

 

 

99i

73.11

74.88

42.12

117.00

22.49

33.53

18.09

0.00

191.11

 

 

99ii

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

25.00

 

 

100i

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

250.00

 

 

100ii

70.19

71.89

40.44

112.33

21.60

32.19

17.36

0.00

183.48

 

 

102

6.51

6.67

3.75

10.42

2.00

2.99

1.61

0.00

17.02

 

 

103

40.33

41.31

23.23

64.54

12.41

18.50

9.98

0.00

105.42

 

 

104

27.91

28.59

16.08

44.66

8.59

12.80

6.90

0.00

72.96

 

 

105

0.91

0.93

0.52

1.46

0.28

0.42

0.23

0.00

2.38

 

 

106

70.19

71.89

40.44

112.33

21.60

32.19

17.36

0.00

183.48

 


APPENDIX B

 

For reasons set forth in the preamble, title 49, chapter X, part 1002, of the Code of Federal Regulations is amended as follows:

 

Part 1002 - FEES

 

1. The authority citation for part 1002 continues to read as follows:

 

Authority: 5 U.S.C. 552(a)(4)(A) and 553; 31 U.S.C. 9701 and 49 U.S.C. 721(a).

 

2. Section 1002.1 is amended by revising paragraphs (b) and (c); paragraph (f)(1); and the table in paragraph (g)(6); to read as follows:

 

1002.1 Fees for record search, review, copying, certification, and related services.

 

* * * * *

 

(b) Service involved in examination of tariffs or schedules for preparation of certified copies of tariffs or schedules or extracts therefrom at the rate of $41.00 per hour.

 

(c) Service involved in checking records to be certified to determine authenticity, including clerical work, etc., identical thereto, at the rate of $28.00 per hour.

 

* * * * *

 

(f) * * *

 

(1) A fee of $71.00 per hour for professional staff time will be charged when it is required to fulfill a request for ADP data.

 

* * * * *

(g) * * *

 

(6) * * *

 

Grade

 

Rate

 

Grade

 

Rate

GS-1

GS-2

GS-3

GS-4

GS-5

GS-6

GS-7

GS-8

 

$12.01

13.07

14.73

16.54

18.50

20.63

22.92

25.38

 

GS-9

GS-10

GS-11

GS-12

GS-13

GS-14

GS-15 and

over

 

$28.04

30.88

33.92

40.66

48.35

57.13

67.21

 


 

 

* * * * *

3. In 1002.2, paragraph (f) is revised as follows:

 

1002.2 Filing fees.

 

(a) * * *

 

(f) Schedule of filing fees.

 

 

Type of Proceeding

 

Fee

 

PART I: Non-Rail Applications or Proceedings to Enter Upon a Particular Financial Transaction or Joint Arrangement:

 

 

 

(1) An application for the pooling or division of traffic........

 

$4,400.

 

(2) (i) An application involving the purchase, lease, consolidation, merger, or acquisition of control of a motor carrier of passengers under 49 U.S.C. 14303...................................................................

 

 

 

 

$2,000.

 

(ii) A petition for exemption under 49 U.S.C. 13541 (other than a rulemaking) filed by a non-rail carrier not otherwise covered............................................................

 

 

 

$3,200.

 

(iii) A petition to revoke an exemption filed under 49 U.S.C. 13541(d)...............................................................

 

 

$2,600.

 

(3) An application for approval of a non-rail rate association agreement. 49 U.S.C. 13703..........................................

 

$27,600.

 

(4) An application for approval of an amendment to a non-rail rate association agreement:

 

 


 

 

(i) Significant amendment..............................................

 

$4,600.

(ii) Minor amendment......................................................

$100.

(5) An application for temporary authority to operate a motor carrier of passengers. 49 U.S.C. 14303(i)...........

 

 

$500.

 

(6)            A notice of exemption for transaction within a motor passenger corporate family that does not result in adverse changes in service levels, significant operational changes, or a change in the competitive balance with motor passenger carriers outside the corporate family....

 

 

 

 

 

$1,700.

 

(7)-(10) [Reserved]

 

 

PART II: Rail Licensing Proceedings other than Abandonment or Discontinuance Proceedings:

 

 

 

 

(11)        (i) An application for a certificate authorizing the extension, acquisition, or operation of lines of railroad. 49 U.S.C. 10901 ............................................................

 

 

 

$7,200.

 

(ii) Notice of exemption under 49 CFR

1150.31-1150.35.............................................................

 

 

$1,800.

 

(iii) Petition for exemption under 49 U.S.C. 10502 ........

 

$12,500.

 

(12) (i) An application involving the construction of a rail line-

$74,500.

 

(ii) A notice of exemption involving construction of a rail line under 49 CFR 1150.36..............................................

 

 

$1,800.

 

(iii) A petition for exemption under 49 U.S.C. 10502 involving construction of a rail line .................................

 

 

$74,500.

 

(iv) A request for determination of a dispute involving a rail construction that crosses the line of another carrier under 49 U.S.C. 10902(d)................................................

 

 

 

$250.

 

(13) A Feeder Line Development Program application filed under 49 U.S.C. 10907(b)(1)(A)(i) or 10907(b)(1)(A)(ii)

 

 

$2,600.

 

(14) (i) An application of a class II or class III carrier to acquire an extended or additional rail line under 49 U.S.C. 10902..................................................................

 

 

 

$6,200.


 

 

(ii) Notice of exemption under 49 CFR 1150.41 - 1150.45.............................................................................

 

 

$1,800.

 

(iii) Petition for exemption under 49 U.S.C. 10502 relating to an exemption from the provisions of 49 U.S.C. 10902....................................................................

 

 

 

$6,600.

 

(15) A notice of a modified certificate of public convenience and necessity under 49 CFR 1150.21-1150.24..............

 

 

$1,700.

 

(16) An application for a land-use-exemption permit for a facility existing as of October 16, 2008 under 49 U.S.C. 10909..............................................................................

 

 

 

$6,000.

 

(17) An application for a land-use-exemption permit for a facility not existing as of October 16, 2008 under 49 U.S.C. 10909..................................................................

 

 

 

$21,100.

 

(18)-(20) [Reserved]

 

 

 

 

PART III: Rail Abandonment or Discontinuance of Transportation Services Proceedings:

 

 

 

(21) (i) An application for authority to abandon all or a portion of a line of railroad or discontinue operation thereof filed by a railroad (except applications filed by Consolidated Rail Corporation pursuant to the Northeast Rail Service Act [Subtitle E of Title XI of Pub. L. 97-35], bankrupt railroads, or exempt abandonments) ...............................................................

 

 

 

 

 

$22,100.

 

(ii) Notice of an exempt abandonment or discontinuance under 49 CFR 1152.50.....................................................

 

 

$3,600.

 

(iii) A petition for exemption under 49 U.S.C. 10502 ....

 

$6,300.

 

(22) An application for authority to abandon all or a portion of a line of a railroad or operation thereof filed by Consolidated Rail Corporation pursuant to Northeast Rail Service Act..............................................................

 

 

 

 

$450.

 

(23) Abandonments filed by bankrupt railroads......................

 

$1,800.

 

(24) A request for waiver of filing requirements for abandonment application proceedings............................

 

 

$1,800.

 

(25) An offer of financial assistance under 49 U.S.C. 10904 relating to the purchase of or subsidy for a rail line proposed for abandonment...................

 

 

 

$1,500.

 

(26) A request to set terms and conditions for the sale of or subsidy for a rail line proposed to be abandoned...........

 

 

$22,600.

 

(27) (i) Request for a trail use condition in an abandonment proceeding under 16 U.S.C.1247(d)......................................................

 

 

$250.

 

(ii) A request to extend the period to negotiate a trail use agreement.........................................................................

 

 

$450.

 

(28)-(35) [Reserved]

 

 

 

 

PART IV: Rail Applications to Enter Upon a Particular Financial Transaction or Joint Arrangement:

 

 

 

(36) An application for use of terminal facilities or other applications under 49 U.S.C. 11102...............................

 

 

$18,900.

 

(37) An application for the pooling or division of traffic. 49 U.S.C. 11322..................................................................

 

 

$10,200.

 

(38) An application for two or more carriers to consolidate or merge their properties or franchises (or a part thereof) into one corporation for ownership, management, and operation of the properties previously in separate ownership. 49 U.S.C. 11324:

 

 

 

(i) Major transaction.......................................................

 

$1,489,900.

 

(ii) Significant transaction...............................................

 

$298,000.

 

(iii) Minor transaction.......................................................

 

$7,500.

 

(iv) Notice of an exempt transaction under 49 CFR 1180.2(d)..........................................................................

 

 

$1,700.

 

(v) Responsive application.............................................

 

$7,500.

 

(vi) Petition for exemption under 49 U.S.C. 10502......

 

$9,300.

 

(vii) A request for waiver or clarification of regulations filed in a major financial proceeding as defined at 49 CFR 1180.2(a)..................................................................

 

 

 

$5,500.

 

(39) An application of a non-carrier to acquire control of two or more carriers through ownership of stock or otherwise. 49 U.S.C. 11324:

 

 

 

(i) Major transaction.......................................................

 

$1,489,900.

 

(ii) Significant transaction...............................................

 

$298,000.

 

(iii) Minor transaction.......................................................

 

$7,500.

 

(iv) A notice of an exempt transaction under 49 CFR 1180.2(d)..........................................................................

 

 

$1,300.

 

(v) Responsive application.............................................

 

$7,500.

 

(vi) Petition for exemption under 49 U.S.C. 10502......

 

$9,300.

 

(vii) A request for waiver or clarification of regulations filed in a major financial proceeding as defined at 49 CFR 1180.2(a)..................................................................

 

 

 

$5,500.

 

(40) An application to acquire trackage rights over, joint ownership in, or joint use of any railroad lines owned and operated by any other carrier and terminals incidental thereto. 49 U.S.C. 11324:

 

 

 

(i) Major transaction.......................................................

 

$1,489,900.

 

(ii) Significant transaction..............................................

 

$298,000.

 

(iii) Minor transaction.......................................................

 

$7,500.

 

(iv) Notice of an exempt transaction under 49 CFR 1180.2(d)..........................................................................

 

 

$1,200.

 

(v) Responsive application.............................................

 

$7,500.

 

(vi) Petition for exemption under 49 U.S.C. 10502........

 

$9,300.

 

(vii) A request for waiver or clarification of regulations filed in a major financial proceeding as defined at 49 CFR 1180.2(a)..................................................................

 

 

 

$5,500.

 

(41) An application of a carrier or carriers to purchase, lease, or contract to operate the properties of another, or to acquire control of another by purchase of stock or otherwise. 49 U.S.C. 11324:

 

 

 

(i) Major transaction.......................................................

 

$1,489,900.

 

(ii) Significant transaction...............................................

 

$298,000.

 

(iii) Minor transaction.......................................................

 

$7,500.

 

(iv) Notice of an exempt transaction under 49 CFR 1180.2(d)..........................................................................

 

 

$1,400.

 

(v) Responsive application.............................................

 

$7,500.

 

(vi) Petition for exemption under 49 U.S.C. 10502......

 

$6,600.

 

(vii) A request for waiver or clarification of regulations filed in a major financial proceeding as defined at 49 CFR 1180.2(a)..................................................................

 

 

 

$5,500.

 

(42) Notice of a joint project involving relocation of a rail line under 49 CFR 1180.2(d)(5)............................................

 

 

$2,400.

 

(43) An application for approval of a rail rate association agreement. 49 U.S.C. 10706..........................................

 

 

$69,700.

 

(44) An application for approval of an amendment to a rail rate association agreement. 49 U.S.C. 10706:

 

 

 

(i) Significant amendment................................................