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STB finalizes arbitration rules
The Surface Transportation Board announced September 30 that it is adopting final rules to modify its arbitration procedures in accordance with the requirements of the Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act…
AAR to Congress: STB is over-reaching
On the offensive following the Surface Transportation Board’s recent flurry of activity on multiple proposed regulations, the Association of American Railroads wrote to leaders of the Senate Commerce Committee and…
AAR to STB: Policy "fixes" are bad policy
The Surface Transportation Board (STB or Board) on Sept. 22 released an independent study it commissioned from InterVISTAS Consulting LLC that examined the STB’s approach to freight rail rate regulation…
STB releases SAC rate reasonableness methodology study
A Surface Transportation Board study on the Board’s SAC (stand-alone cost) rate reasonableness methodology is complete and can be downloaded at the link below.
Change thy bookmarks: STB's new website
The Surface Transportation Board is advising the public of an upcoming change to its Internet website address.
STB: Four Class I's revenue-adequate in 2015
The Surface Transportation Board (STB) on Sept. 8, 2016 announced its annual determination of revenue adequacy for U.S. Class I freight railroads for 2015. Of the "Big Seven" (five U.S.…
Elliott to Congress: Revenue adequacy will have to wait
In a Sept. 1, 2016 monthly progress report letter to the Senate Commerce Committee, House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, Senate and House transportation appropriations committees and all relevant subcommittees, Surface…
STB dysfunction menaces revenue adequacy
If you think a theater of the absurd is limited to presidential candidates less popular than the Grinch who stole Christmas, you’re missing Surface Transportation Board (STB) dysfunction where Chairman…
STB issues NPRM on small rate disputes after shipper feedback
The Surface Transportation Board released August 31 an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR), which considers a new, streamlined procedure to resolve small rate disputes between shippers of all commodities…
"Fall peak" changes for the rail industry, also
Surface Transportation Board Chairman Daniel R. Elliott III is discontinuing the practice of sending an annual letter to the railroad industry asking Class I and other railroads to comment on…
STB determines rail industry's cost of capital for 2015
The Surface Transportation Board announced on August 5th that it has issued its decision determining the railroad industry's cost of capital for 2015.
STB members to testify August 11 on first STB Reauthorization Act
The Surface Transportation Board announced on August 4th that, at the invitation of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, the three Board Members will testify on the topic…
STB proposes regulations for its implementation of "FAST Act" provisions
The Surface Transportation Board (STB) on July 28, 2016 proposed regulations to implement passenger rail-related dispute resolution provisions of Title XI of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act of…
STB proposes “forced access” regulations
The Surface Transportation Board On July 27, 2016 proposed new regulations “to improve the availability of reciprocal switching,” an action the railroads have been anticipating for more than a year.…
STB rejects Texas Central petition
The Surface Transportation Board announced on July 18 that a proposed, 240-mile, high-speed rail line between Dallas and Houston, Tex., does not fall under STB jurisdiction and does not require…
STB initiates proceeding to expedite rate cases
The Surface Transportation Board (STB) issued an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) on June 15, 2016 outlining measures to expedite its handling of rate cases.
STB proposing revised arbitration procedures
The Surface Transportation Board is proposing to amend existing procedures for the arbitration of disputes before the Board to make those procedures conform to statutory requirements of the Surface Transportation…
STB railroad carload and tonnage data, by state
Now available from the Surface Transportation Board Office of Economics is a report providing annual carload and corresponding tonnage data for freight railroad transportation either originating, terminating, or traversing each…
A new regulatory rat hole worth watching
News item: Executive Order No. 13725, issued April 15 by President Obama, and published in the April 20 Federal Register, mandates that Executive Branch federal agencies take specific actions to…
Makeover crucial for dereg defense
For those sheltering railroads against assaults on regulatory freedoms, the 1980 Staggers Rail Act (Staggers) is considered sacrosanct.
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