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AAR "anxious" for Trump's STB shift
Regarding the Association of American Railroads Nov. 17 request that the U.S. Surface Transportation Board delay regulatory proposals until the U.S. Senate confirms a full slate of Board members appointed…
AAR: STB should pause until Trump's Board arrives
The Association of American Railroads (AAR) said November 17 that the U.S. Surface Transportation Board (STB) should defer regulatory proposals, most notably forced access, until the U.S. Senate confirms a…
STB’s tempest in transparency
Pity economic regulators. The more they seek the middle-of-the-road, the greater risk both sides assail them. Economist Sidney L. Miller wrote, “It seems clear that our railways are regulated well,…
UPS to STB: Forced access forces us off the rails
The U.S. Surface Transportation Board would be doing itself a favor if chooses not to mess with UPS and heed the gargantuan railroad customer’s call to deep-six forced access, otherwise…
AAR to STB: "Terminate this proceeding"
In comments filed with the Surface Transportation Board regarding Reciprocal Switching, STB Ex Parte No. 711 (Sub-No. 1), the Association of American Railroads said the proposed rules are “unlawful” and…
STB announces roundtable on rate cases
Surface Transportation Board Chairman Daniel R. Elliott announced October 12 that the Board will host an economic roundtable, at 10:00 am on October 25, 2016.
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.…
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