Small-Shipper Representative To Fill Railroad-Shipper Transportation Advisory Council (RSTAC) Vacancy
On April 3, 2013, the Board announced its appointment of Wayne Hurst, an agricultural producer from Burley, Idaho, and past President of the Idaho Grain Producers Association and the National Association of Wheat Growers, to fill an RSTAC small shipper vacancy for which the agency had earlier solicited nominations from the public. For information about RSTAC and its officers, click here.
Notice of Availability: Final Scope of Study for Tongue River Railroad EIS
The Board’s Office of Environmental Analysis has issued a Notice of Availability of the Final Scope of Study for the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in Tongue River Railroad Company, Inc.—Rail Construction and Operation—in Custer, Powder River and Rosebud Counties, Mont., FD 30186. The Notice summarizes and addresses comments on the Draft Scope of Study and sets forth the Final Scope of Study for the EIS. OEA will next prepare the Draft EIS, which will be available for public review and comment once completed. To view the Notice, click here.
Opening Comments in Petition for Rulemaking to Adopt Revised Competitive Switching Rules, Docket No. EP 711
Comments due on March 1, 2013 are now available on the agency’s website. To access filings in EP 711, click here.
Update to Tongue River Railroad Co.’s “Build” Proposal On February 26, 2013, the Board served a decision denying requests for rejection of TRRC’s supplemental application to construct and operate a rail line in southeast Montana; declining to reconsider the agency’s earlier acceptance of the application; moving forward with development of the record in this case; and extending the procedural schedule for the submittal of public comments. Public comments on the proposal’s transportation merits are now due by April 2, 2013, and TRRC’s reply is now due by May 16, 2013. To see the Board’s decision, click here.
Railroad-Shipper Transportation Advisory Council (RSTAC) Vacancy
On February 22, 2013, the Board announced one RSTAC vacancy for a small-shipper
representative and is soliciting nominations from the public for a candidate to fill it. To see
the Board’s notice announcing the vacancy, which includes instructions for submission of
nominations, click here. Nominations are due no later than March 25, 2013.
Commodity Revenue Stratification Report
The STB’s Office of Economics has released an expanded version of its Commodity Revenue Stratification Report—showing revenue, variable costs, tons, and carloads associated with manyfive-digit STCC code/car-type combinations—which may be of interest to shippers attempting to benchmark their rates. To see the report covering statistics from 2008 through 2011, click here.
Final Environmental Assessment issued in CSX proposal to acquire easement over part of Grand Trunk Western’s “Elsdon Line” The Board's Office of Environmental Analysis (OEA) has issued a Final Environmental Assessment (Final EA) of CSX Transportation, Inc.’s proposal to acquire from the Grand Trunk Western Railroad Company (GTW) an exclusive, perpetual, non-assignable railroad operating easement over approximately 22 miles of GTW rail line (the Elsdon Line) between Munster, Indiana and Elsdon, Illinois. To view the Final EA in CSX Transportation, Inc.—Acquisition of Operating Easement—Grand Trunk Western Railroad Company, FD 35522, issued January 9, 2013, click here. To see the Board's 2/8/13 decision in FD 35522 granting authority for CSX's easement acquisition over a portion of the Elsdon Line, as well as two related requests for the trackage rights over the line, click here.
Public Version of Appendix Posted in M&G Polymers v. CSX Rate-Complaint Case
In accordance with its September 27, 2012 decision in M&G Polymers USA,
LLC v. CSX
Transportation, Inc., NOR 42123, the Board has made available a public
version of the appendix
initially provided only to the parties’ outside counsel. To view the
updated decision, which includes
the public version of the appendix, click here. To view the notice, which more fully
describes the circumstances surrounding the posting of the updated
decision, click here.
Notice Issued Extending Deadline for Comments on Tongue River Railroad Company Proposal
The Board’s Office of Environmental Analysis has issued a Notice extending the deadline for filing comments on the Draft Scope of Study for the Environmental Impact Statement in Tongue River Railroad Company, Inc.—Rail Construction and Operation—in Custer, Powder River and Rosebud Counties, Mont., FD 30186. Comments are now due by January 11, 2013. To view the Notice, click here.
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