Indexing the Annual Operating Revenues of Railroads, 55452 [05-18840]

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Recordkeeping: Number of Respondents: 250,000. Total Annual Responses: 6,337,500. Total Annual Burden Hours: 63,309. Frequency of collection: On occasion. Issued in Washington, DC, on September 15, 2005. Susan Gorsky, Acting Director, Office of Hazardous Materials Standards. [FR Doc. 05–18805 Filed 9–20–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–60–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Surface Transportation Board Indexing the Annual Operating Revenues of Railroads This Notice sets forth the annual inflation adjusting index numbers which are used to adjust gross annual operating revenues of railroads for classification purposes. This indexing methodology will insure that regulated carriers are classified based on real business expansion and not from the effects of inflation. Classification is important because it determines the extent of reporting for each carrier. The railroad’s inflation factors are based on the annual average Railroad’s Freight Price Index. This index is developed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). This index will be used to deflate revenues for comparison with established revenue thresholds. The base year for railroads is 1991. The inflation index factors are presented as follows: RAILROAD FREIGHT INDEX Year 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 Index ......................................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................................... Information Relay Service (FIRS) for the hearing impaired: 1–800–877–8339]. Effective Date: January 1, 2004. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Scott Decker, (202) 565–1531. [Federal 1 Ex Parte No. 492, Montana Rail Link, Inc., and Wisconsin Central Ltd., Joint Petition For Rulemaking With Respect To 49 CFR 1201, 8 I.C.C. 2d 625 (1992), raised the revenue classification level for Class I railroads from $50 million to $250 million (1991 dollars), effective for the reporting year beginning January 1, 1992. The Class II threshold was also revised to reflect a rebasing from VerDate Aug<31>2005 14:40 Sep 20, 2005 Jkt 205001 409.50 411.80 415.50 418.80 418.17 417.46 419.67 424.54 423.01 428.64 436.48 445.03 454.33 473.41 $10 million (1978 dollars) to $20 million (1991 dollars). Frm 00122 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 1 100.00 99.45 98.55 97.70 97.85 98.02 97.50 96.38 96.72 95.45 93.73 91.92 90.03 86.40 By the Board, Leland L. Gardner, Director, Office of Economics, Environmental Analysis, and Administration. Vernon A. Williams, Secretary. [FR Doc. 05–18840 Filed 9–20–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4915–00–P PO 00000 Deflator E:\FR\FM\21SEN1.SGM 21SEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 182 (Wednesday, September 21, 2005)]
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[FR Doc No: 05-18840]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Surface Transportation Board


Indexing the Annual Operating Revenues of Railroads

    This Notice sets forth the annual inflation adjusting index numbers 
which are used to adjust gross annual operating revenues of railroads 
for classification purposes. This indexing methodology will insure that 
regulated carriers are classified based on real business expansion and 
not from the effects of inflation. Classification is important because 
it determines the extent of reporting for each carrier.
    The railroad's inflation factors are based on the annual average 
Railroad's Freight Price Index. This index is developed by the Bureau 
of Labor Statistics (BLS). This index will be used to deflate revenues 
for comparison with established revenue thresholds.
    The base year for railroads is 1991. The inflation index factors 
are presented as follows:

                         Railroad Freight Index
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                   Year                       Index         Deflator
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1991.....................................      409.50         \1\ 100.00
1992.....................................      411.80              99.45
1993.....................................      415.50              98.55
1994.....................................      418.80              97.70
1995.....................................      418.17              97.85
1996.....................................      417.46              98.02
1997.....................................      419.67              97.50
1998.....................................      424.54              96.38
1999.....................................      423.01              96.72
2000.....................................      428.64              95.45
2001.....................................      436.48              93.73
2002.....................................      445.03              91.92
2003.....................................      454.33              90.03
2004.....................................      473.41              86.40
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    Effective Date: January 1, 2004.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Scott Decker, (202) 565-1531. [Federal 
Information Relay Service (FIRS) for the hearing impaired: 1-800-877-
8339].
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    \1\ Ex Parte No. 492, Montana Rail Link, Inc., and Wisconsin 
Central Ltd., Joint Petition For Rulemaking With Respect To 49 CFR 
1201, 8 I.C.C. 2d 625 (1992), raised the revenue classification 
level for Class I railroads from $50 million to $250 million (1991 
dollars), effective for the reporting year beginning January 1, 
1992. The Class II threshold was also revised to reflect a rebasing 
from $10 million (1978 dollars) to $20 million (1991 dollars).

    By the Board, Leland L. Gardner, Director, Office of Economics, 
Environmental Analysis, and Administration.
Vernon A. Williams,
Secretary.
[FR Doc. 05-18840 Filed 9-20-05; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4915-00-P