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  Surface Transportation Board Announces New RSTAC Members
On October 31, 2013, the Board announced that Robert Byrd, of Nucor Corp., and Jeanne Sebring, of International Paper, have become new members of the Railroad-Shipper Transportation Advisory Council. To view the current RSTAC membership roster, click here.
  New Filing Deadline for Material Due During Federal Government Shutdown
The Board provided notice that any material due for submission to the Board during the federal government shutdown is now due no later than Oct. 24, 2013, and that any mailing that arrived during the shutdown will be considered received by the Board on Oct. 17, 2013. To view the Board’s Notice, click here.
  Revenue Adequacy Determination
The Board has issued its latest annual determination of railroad revenue adequacy. To view that decision, click here.
  STB postpones October 22 hearing in Ex Parte 711
Click here to view the decision.
  Public Advisory: Surface Transportation Board Operations during the Federal Governmental Shutdown

For the duration of the governmental shutdown, all Board operations will be suspended. The STB will not:

--Accept or process filings or tariffs, by any delivery method (mail, electronic filing, or hand delivery);

--Receive or acknowledge general or electronic mail;

--Process cases;

--Issue decisions; or

--Accept recordations.

All deadlines requiring the submission of material to the Board during the pendency of the shutdown are tolled. If you believe you have an emergency situation requiring immediate Board action (e.g., emergency service orders), call 202-245-0245 and leave a message.

Additionally, the Board's website and email will be unattended for the duration of the governmental shutdown.
 
Draft Environmental Assessment Issued in Proposed Joint Use of Rail Line
On August 30, 2013, the Board's Office of Environmental Analysis issued a Draft Environmental Assessment (Draft EA) analyzing the potential environmental effects of a proposal by CSX Transportation, Inc. and the Louisville & Indiana Railroad Company, Inc. (L&I) to jointly operate over L&I’s approximately 107-mile rail line between Indianapolis and Louisville.  Comments on the Draft EA are due September 30, 2013.  To view the Draft EA in CSX Transportation, Inc.—Joint Use—Louisville & Indiana Railroad Company, Inc., FD 35523, click here.
  Correction to 2012 Cost-of-Capital Finding
On August 30, 2013, the Board issued a correction to its August 2, 2013 decision announcing the railroad industry's cost of capital for 2012.  The correct figure for 2012 is 11.12%, rather than the 11.11% reported in the August 2 decision.  The Board also extended the effective date of the decision to September 28, 2013. To see the Board's corrected decision, click here
  Final Rules Adopted for Positive Train Control Expenses & Investments
On August 14, 2013, the Board adopted final rules for the reporting of positive train control (PTC) expenses and investments for Class I railroads.  The rules require the railroads to separately identify information on PTC implementation expenditures in their annual financial “R-1” reports to the Board so that such costs can be viewed both as a component of, and separately from, other capital investments and expenses.  To see the Board’s decision adopting the final rules, click here.
  Railroad-Shipper Transportation Advisory Council (RSTAC) Vacancies
On July 1, 2013, the Board announced two RSTAC vacancies, one for a large shipper and one for an at-large representative, and is soliciting nominations from the public for candidates to fill each position.  To see the Board’s notice announcing the vacancy, which includes instructions for submission of nominations, click here.  Nominations are due no later than July 31, 2013
  Litigation Alternatives Webpage Launched
The STB has launched a new “Litigation Alternatives” webpage.  The “Litigation Alternatives” webpage will serve as a resource for STB stakeholders seeking information on the agency’s Alternative Dispute Resolution processes.  The new page can be accessed by clicking here.  In addition, a permanent link will be added under the “Quick Links” section on the right hand column of the Board’s homepage.  This webpage was developed in conjunction with the STB’s new arbitration and mediation procedures in Ex Parte 699 (click here for a copy of the decision).  The website will include a list of parties that have opted into the STB’s arbitration program.  Union Pacific Railroad became the first party to opt into the program by a letter submitted on June 21, 2013.  A copy of UP’s letter has been posted.  The webpage will also contain information about the STB’s mediation process, rules on confidentiality, and Rail Customer & Public Assistance program. 
  California High-Speed Rail Authority Authorized to Construct Merced-Fresno, Cal., Passenger Railroad Line, Subject to Environmental Mitigation Conditions The Board has issued a decision authorizing the CHSRA to construct a 65-mile high-speed passenger rail line between Merced and Fresno, Cal., which will be the first section of the planned statewide California High-Speed Train System.  The authorization is subject to environmental conditions and the condition that CHSRA build the route designated by the Federal Railroad Administration as environmentally preferable.  To see the Board’s June 13, 2013 decision in California High-Speed Rail Authority—Construction Exemption—In Merced, Madera & Fresno Counties, Cal., FD 35724, click here.
  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.
Bullet 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.
Bullet 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.
Bullet 2011 URCS Data Available
2011 Uniform Railroad Costing System (URCS) information, which applies the Board's 2011 cost-of-capital finding for the rail industry, is now available. To see that information, click here.
Bullet Rules Issued for Solid Waste Rail Transfer Facilities
As required by the Clean Railroads Act of 2008, the Surface Transportation Board has adopted final rules governing land-use-exemption permits for solid waste rail transfer facilities. The rules governing such facilities are located at part 1155 of title 49, chapter X, of the Code of Federal Regulations. To view the Board’s decision, click here.
Bullet Board Clarifies Its Review of Tongue River Railroad Company Proposal
The Board has issued a decision clarifying that it will review Tongue River Railroad Company Inc.’s (TRRC) entire 83-mile rail construction proposal, including the new environmental review of the project as well as the transportation merits supporting construction of the line. The decision directs TRRC to file supplemental information related to the transportation merits, sets a new procedural schedule for the parties’ submissions on the transportation merits, and requires TRRC to publish new newspaper notices consistent with the decision. To view the decision, click here.
Bullet Berkshire Hathaway Compliance with Railroad Control Law
The Board has directed Berkshire Hathaway to remedy promptly its noncompliance with railroad control requirements for its 2010 acquisition of BNSF Railway Company. According to Berkshire, its subsidiaries owned two shortline railroads prior to the BNSF acquisition, but it had not sought required Board approval for the BNSF acquisition because, Berkshire states, it was unaware at that time of these holdings. Click here to read Berkshire's notification letter and to read the Board's reply, click here. To read Berkshire's response, click here. Click here to read the STB's process for handling the Berkshire Hathaway
noncompliance matter. To see the STB’s reply to BNSF’s Dec. 18, 2012 letter, click here.
Bullet Draft Environmental Assessment Issued
The Board’s Office of Environmental Analysis has issued for public review and comment its Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) on CSX’s proposed acquisition of an easement over the “Elsdon Line,” between Munster and Elsdon, Illinois, southeast of Chicago, to move some of its trains more quickly and at less expense through the area.  The Draft EA analyzes potential environmental impacts from increased train traffic over a portion of the Elsdon Line. Comments are due November 9th.  To view the Draft EA, click here.
Bullet CN Acquisition Audit Report
The Board released on June 18th a report on a second independent Board-ordered audit of the Canadian National Ry. and Grand Trunk Corp., --Control--EJ&E West Co. (STB Finance Docket No. 35087) transaction. The audit report was prepared by HDR Engineering, Inc. To view the audit report, click here.
Bullet Managing Service Demands
Chairman Daniel R. Elliott III wrote a letter to railroads on June 8, 2012 requesting their plans for managing service demands through the end of year. To see the Chairman's letters and the railroads’ responses, click here.
Bullet URCS
The STB has made technical improvements to several aspects of the Uniform Railroad Costing System (URCS) Phase III Railroad Cost Program to make it more user-friendly. To learn more, click here.
Bullet 2010 Public Use Waybill
The 2010 Public Use Waybill Sample is now available. To download that information click here
Bullet Managing Service Demands
Chairman Daniel R. Elliott III wrote a letter to railroads on September 6, 2011 requesting their plans for managing service demands through the end of year. To see the Chairman's letters and the railroads’ responses, click here.
Bullet Solid Waste Rail Transfer Facilities
The Board has revised interim rules on land-use-exemption permits for solid waste rail transfer facilities, and requests public comment on them. To see the revised rules, click here.
Bullet STB Complies with Obama Regulation Review
Letter from STB Chairman Daniel R. Elliott, III regarding the STB’s compliance with executive orders to review existing regulations to evaluate ways to make the agency's regulatory program more effective or less burdensome. To view the letter, click here.
Bullet Revenue Adequacy Determination
The Board has issued its latest annual determination of railroad revenue adequacy. To see that decision, click here.
Bullet Board Reorganizes Offices
To enhance responsiveness to the public, the STB has reorganized its former Office of Economics, Environmental Analysis, and Administration into 3 separate offices. To see the new organizational chart, click here.
Bullet Managing Service Demands
Chairman Daniel R. Elliott III wrote a letter to railroads on August 9, 2010 requesting their plans for managing service demands through the end of year. To see the Chairman's letters and the railroads’ responses, clickhere.
Bullet Report to Congress on URCS 
Responding to a request from Congress, the STB issued a report outlining options for updating the Uniform Railroad Costing System, which is used by the Board in rate and other cases. To read the full report, click here.
Bullet Liability and Indemnity Report
The STB has issued a report on the liability and indemnity provisions contained in agreements between passenger and freight railroads. The report was requested by Congress. To read the full report,click here.
RETAC Meeting To Be Rescheduled
The meeting of the Board's Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee that had been tentatively scheduled for January 12, 2011, has been postponed. The meeting will be rescheduled in the Spring and a new date announced as soon as possible.
CN-EJ&E Reports
"Canadian National" has filed compliance reports pursuant to the Board's oversight of CN's acquisition of the Elgin, Joliet & Eastern Railway Co. To see the reports, click here.
Peak Activity Plans
Chairman Daniel R. Elliott III has released the railroads' plans for managing service demands through 2009. To see the plans, click here.
Web Site Redesign
The Surface Transportation Board is considering the redesign of its Web site. To comment about the current site, or to make suggestions for improvement, click here.
STB is Mobile
The STB can now be accessed through your mobile device, such as Blackberry or iPhone. Keep up with the latest at www.stb.dot.gov/stb/m.htm. For more information about Mobile STB click here.
Board Files Brief
On January 6, at the request of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the Board filed a letter brief in Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Co., Ltd v. Evergreen Marine Corp. (Case No. 08-5184-cv), addressing the interplay between three provisions of the Interstate Commerce Act relevant to a question concerning cargo liability. Of note, the Board interpreted its current regulations to mean that traffic exempted by the agency from regulation cannot be the subject of a contract under 49 U.S.C. 10709. To view the full letter brief, click here.
Christensen Study Update
Christensen Associates’ revision of the original 2008 study of freight-rail competition with technical corrections is now available. To learn more, click here.

 

New Volume of STB Reports
Volume 7, the latest of the STB Reports series of significant STB decisions, has been placed in the agency's electronic library. To see Volume 7, as well as preceding volumes, click here.
New RSTAC Officers
The Railroad-Shipper Transportation Advisory Council (RSTAC) recently elected new officers to its Executive Council. To see the RSTAC’s new Executive Council and membership roster, click here.

 

The Board's Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee will hold its next meeting on Thursday, September 10, 2009 beginning at 9:00 at the Board's headquarters in Washington, DC. For more information, click here.
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The Board extended, until May 7, the public comment period and the deadline for filing petitions to reopen and requests for trail- and public-use conditions concerning the Environmental Assessment regarding the "Harsimus Embankment," in Jersey City, N.J. To see the Board's decision setting the new due date, in Consolidated Rail Corporation--Abandonment Exemption--in Hudson County, NJ , STB Docket No. AB-167 (Sub-No. 1189X), click here.

On January 16, 2009, the Board's Office of Economics issued Study of Railroad Rates: 1985-2007. The study is available here.

The Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee will hold its next meeting at 9:00 a.m. EDT on Thursday, June 11, 2009, at the Board's headquarters in Washington, D.C. The meeting will be open to the public. For more information, click here.

On November 3, 2008, the Board announced the release of Christensen Associates' A Study of Competition in the U.S. Freight Railroad Industry and Analysis of Proposals that Might Enhance Competition. The study is available here.

Chairman Charles D. Nottingham wrote a letter to railroads on July 25, 2008 requesting their plans for managing service demands through the end of 2008. To see the Chairman's letters and the railroads’ responses, click here.

On March 17, 2008 the U.S. Department of Energy filed an application for authority to build and operate an approximately 300-mile railroad line in Nevada. In connection with this proposed transaction, the STB has developed a fact sheet explaining the STB’s procedures for evaluating the proposal, and providing jurisdictional and other background information. To see the STB’s fact sheet, click here.

On June 16, 2008, the Surface Transportation Board instituted an expedited rulemaking, in the proceeding Waybill Sample, STB Ex Parte No. 385 (Sub-No. 6), concerning railroad reporting of carload waybill-sample information. The Board's proposal would require all reporting railroads to submit fuel-surcharge revenue information in a separate waybill field newly created for that purpose. Separate reporting of fuel-surcharge revenue information would begin with the Waybill Sample to be filed for January 2009.

2007 Uniform Rail Costing System (URCS) information is now available on the home page, under Industry Data/Economic Data/URCS. The URCS information applies the Board's 2007 cost-of-capital finding for the rail industry. The 2007 Public Use Waybill is also available on the home page, under Industry Data/Economic Data/Waybill (see "2007 Public Use Waybill"). Additionally, the 2007 Carload Waybill Sample has been re-costed. The rules for release of the Carload Waybill Sample are codified at 49 CFR 1244.9.

The Surface Transportation Board has posted reports filed by Class I railroads (the Nation’s largest) on their fuel costs and consumption, and on fuel-surcharge revenues, beginning with the quarter ending December 31, 2007. To see reports received, click here.

The next meeting of the Board's Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee will be held on Wednesday, March 4, 2009 beginning at 9:00 a.m. at the Board's headquarters in Washington, D.C. For more information, click here.

The Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee will hold its next meeting at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 2, 2008 at the Board's headquarters in Washington, D.C. The meeting will be open to the public. For more information, click here.

The Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee will hold its next meeting at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 17, 2008 at the Board's headquarters in Washington, D.C. The meeting will be open to the public. For more information, click here.

The next meeting of the National Grain Car Council will be held Wednesday, June 25, 2008 at 10:30 a.m. at the STB’s headquarters at 395 E Street, SW, Washington, DC. The meeting is open to the public. For more information, click here.

On January 25, 2008, the Surface Transportation Board advised the public that, as required by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2008, the Board's filing fees for certain types of rate complaints have been reduced. To view the Board’s notice, click here.

On January 16, 2008, the Surface Transportation Board advised the public of the enactment of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2008, which affects the Board’s ability to allow certain activities at solid waste rail transfer facilities. To view the Board’s notice, click here.

Christensen Associates is conducting for the STB an independent study of competition in the freight railroad industry. As part of its research effort, Christensen has created an electronic forum for anyone interested in the state of competition in the U.S. freight railroad industry to visit and participate. The website can be accessed by clicking here.

Throughout the month of January 2008, the Surface Transportation Board will hold a series of “scoping” meetings, in Illinois and Indiana, concerning the “Canadian National-Elgin, Joliet & Eastern Railway” proceeding in STB Finance Docket No. 35087. To learn more about the scoping meetings, click here.

Chairman Charles D. Nottingham wrote a letter to railroads requesting their plans for managing service demands through the end of 2007. To see the letter and the railroads’ responses to it, click here.

Chairman Charles D. Nottingham wrote a letter to railroads on August 15, 2007 requesting their plans for managing service demands through the end of 2007. To see the Chairman’s letter, click here.

Click here to view proposal by the U.S. Surface Transporation Board for an independant study on Competition and Related Issues in the U.S. Railroad Industry.

The STB's Office of Compliance and Enforcement has been renamed the "Office of Compliance and Consumer Assistance" (OCCA) to better reflect its mission and purpose. The Rail Consumer Assistance Program is housed within OCCA and may be accessed using a nationwide toll-free telephone number, (866) 254-1792; by fax, at phone number (202) 245-0462; and via an e-mail address, at RailConsumer@stb.dot.gov. Click here to learn more about the OCCA and its Rail Consumer Assistance program.

STB’s move to new headquarters located at 395 E Street, SW, Washington, DC 20423 has been completed. Our new information number is 202-245-0245.

The July 18, 2007 public hearing in Kansas City, Missouri will begin at 9:00 a.m. CDT. There will not be a live Webcast; however, a video recording of the proceeding will be posted on the STB Web site as soon as possible. A notice will be posted under “Items of Interest” when the recording is available.

On July 18, 2007, the Board will hold a public hearing in Kansas City, Missouri. The topic will be issues related to rail transportation of resources critical to the nation's energy supply, including coal, ethanol, and biofuels.

The STB has announced plans to relocate near the end of February 2007, and has provided details about the temporary suspension of business operations during the agency's move. Click here to learn more.

The STB held a fall 2006 public hearing concerning certain issues related to the railroad transportation of grain. For more details,

 
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The STB’s Chairman wrote a letter to railroads requesting their fall 2006 “peak-season” service plans. To see the letter, the railroads’ responses to the letter, and prior years’ peak-season letters and the railroads’ responses to them, click here.

Volume 6, the latest of the STB Reports series of significant STB decisions, has been placed in the agency’s electronic library. To see Volume 6, as well as preceding volumes, click here.

On January 3, 2006, the STB announced appointments to the Railroad-Shipper Transportation Advisory Council. To see the news release, click here.

On December 30, 2005, the STB issued its Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement on the Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad’s Powder River Basin Expansion Project. To see the news release, click here.

On December 22, 2005, the STB issued an activity report covering the past several years. To see the news release, click here.

On December 20, 2005, the STB Members voted to name Vice Chairman W. Douglas Buttrey as Chairman upon the departure of Chairman Roger Nober. To see the news release, click here.

On December 15, 2005 STB Chairman Roger Nober announced his intention to resign. To see the news release, click here.

On July 18, 2005 the STB posted to this site the largest railroads' responses to Chairman Nober's June 16, 2005 letter asking each railroad to report its plans for the Fall 2005 "peak" shipping season. To see the news release containing the railroads' responses, click here.

On June 16 2005, Chairman Nober asked, by letter, each of the seven largest railroads to report in 30 days its plans for the Fall 2005 "peak" shipping season. To see the release, click here.


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