New STB Webpage on Agency Oversight of Household Goods Moving The STB has created a new webpage describing the agency’s limited role in overseeing the interstate transportation of household goods by motor carriers (“moving companies”). This new webpage will serve as a resource for moving companies and their customers that would like more information about the STB's role in this area and the informal assistance that its customer assistance program can provide. It is important to note that the STB's oversight applies only to interstate moves (moves crossing state lines) and not to intrastate moves (moves within a single state). Please click here for more information. A link to this webpage can also be found under the "Quick Links" section of the STB's homepage.
Surface Transportation Board Seeks Nominations for Railroad-Shipper Transportation Advisory Council and Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee Vacancies On November 3, 2014, the Board announced that it is seeking nominations of two small railroad representatives to fill vacancies on the Railroad-Shipper Transportation Advisory Council (RSTAC), and nominations of a downstream domestic petroleum industry representative and an electric utility industry representative to fill vacancies on the Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee (RETAC). To learn more about RSTAC and its vacancies, click here. To learn more about RETAC and its vacancies, click here.
Rail Service Updates “Quick Link” The Board has made available a Rail Service Updates quick link to a page on this site providing easy access to all incoming filings, reports, and agency decisions in U.S. Rail Service Issues, EP 724. To access this information, click “Rail Service Updates” under “Quick Links” at the top-right of this homepage, or click here.
Supplemental Environmental Assessment and Request for Comment Issued on CSXT Request for Acquisition and Joint Use of Louisville & Indiana Railroad Company Line. The STB’s Office of Environmental Analysis has issued a Supplemental Environmental Assessment and Request for Comments on CSX Transportation, Inc. (CSXT) and Louisville & Indiana Railroad Co.’s (L&I) proposal seeking Board authority for CSXT to acquire from the L&I, and jointly use with it, a perpetual, non-exclusive operating easement over the L&I rail line between Indianapolis, Ind. and Louisville, Ky. To view the Supplemental Environmental Assessment and Request for Comment, click here.
Environmental Notices: Canaveral Port Authority Petition to Build and Operate Rail-Line Extension to Port Canaveral, Fla. To provide Port Canaveral, Brevard County, Florida with direct access to freight rail service, the Canaveral Port Authority plans to file a request with the STB to build and operate approximately 11 miles of new railroad line from a point near the Port’s North Cargo Area to connect with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s John F. Kennedy Space Center’s existing rail line. To view the Notice of Intent to Prepare an EIS, Notice of its Draft Scope of Study, Notice of Scoping Meetings, and Request for Comments on the Draft Scope, click here.
Railroads’ Fall Peak-Season Service Plans.
Since 2004, the Chairman of the Surface Transportation Board has annually requested the railroad industry to explain its plans to handle increased traffic volumes associated with the traditional fall "peak shipping season." To view STB Chairman Daniel R. Elliott’s 2014 fall peak-season letter to the railroads, and the railroads’ respective responses, click here.
Got a Complaint?
Need help from the Board without filing a formal complaint? The Rail Customer and Public Assistance team offers a free, confidential avenue to settle disputes between shippers and railroads. Read more about the program here.