30-Day Notice of Intent To Seek Extension of Approval of Collections: Rail Carrier Financial Reports, 49149-49151 [2018-21138]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 189 / Friday, September 28, 2018 / Notices An original and 10 copies of all pleadings, referring to Docket No. FD 36217, must be filed with the Surface Transportation Board, 395 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20423–0001. In addition, a copy of each pleading must be served on SPVR’s counsel, Thomas F. McFarland, Thomas F. McFarland, P.C., 208 South LaSalle Street, Suite 1666, Chicago, IL 60604–1228. According to SPVR, no environmental or historic documentation or report is required pursuant to 49 CFR 1105.6(c) and 1105.8(b). Board decisions and notices are available on our website at www.stb.gov. Decided: September 25, 2018. By the Board, Scott M. Zimmerman, Acting Director, Office of Proceedings. Jeffrey Herzig, Clearance Clerk. [FR Doc. 2018–21181 Filed 9–27–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4915–01–P SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD 30-Day Notice of Intent To Seek Extension of Approval of Collections: Rail Carrier Financial Reports Surface Transportation Board. Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: ACTION: As part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork burdens, and as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), the Surface Transportation Board (Board) gives notice of its intent to request from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval without change of the six existing collections described below. The Board previously published a notice about this collection in the Federal Register (July 11, 2018). That notice allowed for a 60-day public review and comment period. No comments were received. DATES: Comments on these information collections should be submitted by October 29, 2018. ADDRESSES: Written comments should be identified as ‘‘Paperwork Reduction Act Comments, Surface Transportation Board: Rail Carrier Financial Reports.’’ These comments should be directed to the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attention: Michael McManus, Surface Transportation Board Desk Officer: By email at oira_submission@ omb.eop.gov; by fax at (202) 395–1743; or by mail to Room 10235, 725 17th Street NW, Washington, DC 20503. Please also direct comments to Chris Oehrle, PRA Officer, Surface amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES1 SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:22 Sep 27, 2018 Jkt 244001 Transportation Board, 395 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20423–0001, or to pra@ stb.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information regarding these collections, contact Pedro Ramirez at (202) 245–0333 or pedro.ramirez@ stb.gov. Assistance for the hearing impaired is available through the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877–8339. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Comments are requested concerning each collection as to (1) whether the particular collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Board, including whether the collection has practical utility; (2) the accuracy of the Board’s burden estimates; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on the respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology, when appropriate. Submitted comments will be included and/or summarized in the Board’s request for OMB approval. Subjects: In this notice, the Board is requesting comments on the following information collections: Description of Collection 1 Title: Quarterly Report of Revenues, Expenses, and Income—Railroads (Form RE&I). OMB Control Number: 2140–0013. Form Number: Form RE&I. Type of Review: Extension without change. Respondents: Class I railroads. Number of Respondents: Seven. Estimated Time per Response: Six hours. Frequency of Response: Quarterly. Total Annual Hour Burden: 168 hours annually. Total Annual ‘‘Non-Hour Burden’’ Cost: None identified. Filings are submitted electronically to the Board. Needs and Uses: This collection is a report of railroad operating revenues, operating expenses and income items. It is also a profit and loss statement, disclosing net railway operating income on a quarterly and year-to-date basis for current and prior years. See 49 CFR 1243.1. The Board uses the information in this report to ensure competitive, efficient, and safe transportation through general oversight programs that monitor and forecast the financial and operating condition of railroads, and through regulation of railroad rate and service issues and rail restructuring proposals, including railroad mergers, PO 00000 Frm 00102 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 49149 consolidations, acquisitions of control, and abandonments. Information from these reports is used by the Board, other federal agencies, and industry groups to monitor and assess industry growth and operations, detect changes in carrier financial stability, and identify trends that may affect the national transportation system. Some of the information from these reports is compiled by the Board in our quarterly Selected Earnings Data Report, which is published on the Board’s website, https://www.stb.gov/stb/industry/econ_ reports.html. The information contained in these reports is not available from any other source. Description of Collection 2 Title: Quarterly Condensed Balance Sheet—Railroads (Form CBS). OMB Control Number: 2140–0014. Form Number: Form CBS. Type of Review: Extension without change. Respondents: Class I railroads. Number of Respondents: Seven. Estimated Time per Response: Six hours. Frequency of Response: Quarterly. Total Annual Hour Burden: 168 hours annually. Total Annual ‘‘Non-Hour Burden’’ Cost: None identified. Filings are submitted electronically to the Board. Needs and Uses: This collection shows the balance, quarterly and cumulative, for the current and prior year of the carrier’s assets and liabilities, gross capital expenditures, and revenue tons carried. See 49 CFR 1243.2. The Board uses the information in this report to ensure competitive, efficient, and safe transportation through general oversight programs that monitor and forecast the financial and operating condition of railroads, and through specific regulation of railroad rate and service issues and rail restructuring proposals, including railroad mergers, consolidations, acquisitions of control, and abandonments. Information from these reports is used by the Board, other federal agencies, and industry groups to assess industry growth and operations, detect changes in carrier financial stability, and identify trends that may affect the national transportation system. Revenue ton-miles, which are reported in these reports, are compiled and published by the Board in its quarterly Selected Earnings Data Report, which is published on the Board’s website, https://www.stb.gov/stb/ industry/econ_reports.html. The information contained in these reports is not available from any other source. E:\FR\FM\28SEN1.SGM 28SEN1 49150 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 189 / Friday, September 28, 2018 / Notices amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES1 Description of Collection 3 Title: Report of Railroad Employees, Service and Compensation (Wage Forms A and B). OMB Control Number: 2140–0004. Form Number: Wage Form A; and Wage Form B. Type of Review: Extension without change. Respondents: Class I railroads. Number of Respondents: Seven. Estimated Time per Response: No more than 3 hours per quarterly report and 4 hours per annual summation. Frequency of Response: Quarterly, with an annual summation. Total Annual Hour Burden: No more than 112 hours annually. Total Annual ‘‘Non-Hour Burden’’ Cost: None identified. Filings are submitted electronically to the Board. Needs and Uses: This collection shows the number of employees, service hours, and compensation, by employee group (e.g., executive, professional, maintenance-of-way and equipment, and transportation), of the reporting railroads. See 49 CFR pt. 1245. The information is used by the Board to forecast labor costs and measure the efficiency of the reporting railroads. The information is also used by the Board to evaluate proposed regulated transactions that may impact rail employees, including mergers and consolidations, acquisitions of control, purchases, and abandonments. Other federal agencies and industry groups, including the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB), Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), and Association of American Railroads (AAR), use the information contained in the reports to monitor railroad operations. Certain information from these reports is compiled and published on the Board’s website, https:// www.stb.gov/stb/industry/econ_ reports.html. The information contained in these reports is not available from any other source. Description of Collection 4 Title: Monthly Report of Number of Employees of Class I Railroads (Wage Form C). OMB Control Number: 2140–0007. Form Number: STB Form C. Type of Review: Extension without change. Respondents: Class I railroads. Number of Respondents: Seven. Estimated Time per Response: 1.25 hours. Frequency of Response: Monthly. Total Annual Hour Burden: 105 hours annually. Total Annual ‘‘Non-Hour Burden’’ Cost: None identified. Filings are submitted electronically to the Board. VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:22 Sep 27, 2018 Jkt 244001 Needs and Uses: This collection shows, for each reporting carrier, the average number of employees at midmonth in the six job-classification groups that encompass all railroad employees. See 49 CFR pt. 1246. The information is used by the Board to forecast labor costs and measure the efficiency of the reporting railroads. The information is also used by the Board to evaluate the impact on rail employees of proposed regulated transactions, including mergers and consolidations, acquisitions of control, purchases, and abandonments. Other federal agencies and industry groups, including the RRB, BLS, and AAR, use the information contained in these reports to monitor railroad operations. Certain information from these reports is compiled and published on the Board’s website, https://www.stb.gov/stb/industry/econ_ reports.html. The information contained in these reports is not available from any other source. Description of Collection 5 Title: Annual Report of Cars Loaded and Cars Terminated. OMB Control Number: 2140–0011. Form Number: Form STB–54. Type of Review: Extension with change. Respondents: Class I railroads. Number of Respondents: Seven. Estimated Time per Response: Four hours. Frequency of Response: Annual. Total Annual Hour Burden: 28 hours annually. Total Annual ‘‘Non-Hour Burden’’ Cost: None identified. Filings are submitted electronically to the Board. Needs and Uses: This collection reports the number of cars loaded and cars terminated on the reporting carrier’s line. See 49 CFR pt. 1247. Information in this report is entered into the Board’s Uniform Rail Costing System (URCS), which is a cost measurement methodology. URCS, which was developed by the Board pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 11161, is used as a tool in rail rate proceedings, in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 10707(d), to calculate the variable costs associated with providing a particular service. The Board also uses URCS to carry out more effectively other of its regulatory responsibilities, including: Acting on railroad requests for authority to engage in Board-regulated financial transactions such as mergers, acquisitions of control, and consolidations, see 49 U.S.C. 11323– 11324; analyzing the information that the Board obtains through the annual railroad industry waybill sample, see 49 CFR pt. 1244; measuring off-branch PO 00000 Frm 00103 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 costs in railroad abandonment proceedings, in accordance with 49 CFR 1152.32(n); developing the ‘‘rail cost adjustment factors,’’ in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 10708; and conducting investigations and rulemakings. This collection is compiled and published on the Board’s website, https:// www.stb.gov/stb/industry/econ_ reports.html. There is no other source for the information contained in this report. Description of Collection 6 Title: Quarterly Report of Freight Commodity Statistics (Form QCS). OMB Control Number: 2140–0001. Form Number: Form QCS. Type of Review: Extension without change. Respondents: Class I railroads. Number of Respondents: Seven. Estimated Time per Response: One hour.1 Frequency of Response: Quarterly, with an annual summation. Total Annual Hour Burden: 35 hours annually. Total Annual ‘‘Non-Hour Burden’’ Cost: None identified. Filings are submitted electronically to the Board. Needs and Uses: This collection, which is based on information contained in carload waybills used by railroads in the ordinary course of business, reports car loadings and total revenues by commodity code for each commodity that moved on the railroad during the reporting period. See 49 CFR pt. 1248. Information in this report is entered into the Board’s URCS, the uses of which are explained under Collection Number 5. This collection is compiled and published on the Board’s website, https://www.stb.gov/stb/industry/econ_ reports.html. There is no other source for the information contained in this report. Under the PRA, a federal agency that conducts or sponsors a collection of information must display a currently valid OMB control number. A collection of information, which is defined in 44 U.S.C. 3502(3) and 5 CFR 1320.3(c), includes agency requirements that persons submit reports, keep records, or provide information to the agency, third parties, or the public. Section 3507(b) of the PRA requires, concurrent with an agency’s submitting a collection to OMB for approval, a 30-day notice and comment period through publication in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information. 1 The 60-day notice indicated that the estimated time per report was 0.25 hours, but staff has adjusted its estimate to one hour. Therefore, the total burden hours are adjusted from 8.75 hours annually to 35 hours in this notice. E:\FR\FM\28SEN1.SGM 28SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 189 / Friday, September 28, 2018 / Notices Dated: September 25, 2018. Jeff Herzig, Clearance Clerk. [FR Doc. 2018–21138 Filed 9–27–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4915–01–P SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD [Docket No. FD 36218; Docket No. FD 36219] amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES1 Gregory B. Cundiff, Connie Cundiff, CGX, Inc. and Ironhorse Resources, Inc.—Continuance in Control Exemption—San Pedro Valley Holdings, LLC in Cochise County, Ariz.; Gregory B. Cundiff, Connie Cundiff, CGX, Inc. and Ironhorse Resources, Inc.—Continuance in Control Exemption—San Pedro Valley Railroad, LLC in Cochise County, Ariz. In Docket No. FD 36218, Gregory B. Cundiff, Connie Cundiff, CGX, Inc. (CGX), and Ironhorse Resources, Inc. (IHR),1 (collectively, applicants) filed a verified notice of exemption under 49 CFR 1180.2(d)(2) for CGX to continue in control of San Pedro Valley Holdings, LLC (SPVH), upon SPVH’s becoming a Class III rail carrier. This transaction is related to a concurrently filed verified notice of exemption in San Pedro Valley Holdings, LLC—Acquisition Exemption—San Pedro & Southwestern Railroad in Cochise County, Ariz., Docket No. FD 36216. In that proceeding, SPVH seeks an exemption under 49 CFR 1150.31 to acquire two rail lines owned by the San Pedro and Southwestern Railroad Company: (1) From point of connection to Union Pacific Railroad (UP) at milepost 1033.25 at or near Benson, to milepost 1040.15 at or near St. David, a distance of 6.9 miles in Cochise County, Ariz.; and (2) from point of connection to UP at milepost 1074 at or near Wilcox, to all tracks at Wilcox Yard, a total of 8,281 feet or 1.57 miles, in Cochise County (collectively, the Lines). The Lines total approximately 8.47 miles. In Docket No. FD 36219, applicants filed a verified notice of exemption under 49 CFR 1180.2(d)(2) for IHR to continue in control of San Pedro Valley Railroad, LLC (SPVR), upon SPVR’s becoming a Class III rail carrier. This transaction is related to a concurrently filed verified notice of exemption in San Pedro Valley Railroad—Operator Exemption—San Pedro Valley Holdings, LLC in Cochise County, Ariz., Docket 1 CGX, a noncarrier holding company, owns IHR—also a noncarrier holding company. CGX is owned in equal parts by the Gregory B. Cundiff Trust and the Connie Cundiff Trust, both of which are noncarrier individual trusts. VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:22 Sep 27, 2018 Jkt 244001 No. FD 36217, in which SPVR seeks an exemption under 49 CFR 1150.31 to assume operations over the Lines. According to applicants, CGX will continue in control of SPVH upon SPVH’s becoming a Class III rail carrier and will remain in control of the following Class III carriers: Crystal City Railroad, Inc; Lone Star Railroad, Inc.; Rio Valley Railroad, Inc.; and Mississippi Tennessee Holdings, Inc. Applicants state that IHR will continue in control of SPVR upon SPVR’s becoming a Class III rail carrier and will remain in control of the following Class III carriers: Texas Railroad Switching, Inc.; Rio Valley Switching Company; Mississippi Tennessee Railroad, LLC; Southern Switching Company; Gardendale Railroad, Inc.; Caney Fork & Western Railroad; and Santa Teresa Southern Railroad. The earliest these transactions may be consummated is October 17, 2018, the effective date of the exemptions (30 days after the verified notices were filed).2 CGX and IHR state that they intend to consummate the transactions no sooner than 30 days after the filing of the notices of exemption. Applicants state that: (1) The properties to be acquired by SPVH and operated by SPVR, and the properties of the rail carriers controlled by CGX and IHR do not connect with each other; (2) the proposed continuances in control are not part of a series of anticipated transactions that would connect the carriers with each other or any railroad in their corporate families; and (3) the transactions do not involve a Class l rail carrier. Therefore, the transactions are exempt from the prior approval requirements of 49 U.S.C. 11323. See 49 CFR 1180.2(d)(2). Under 49 U.S.C. 10502(g), the Board may not use its exemption authority to relieve a rail carrier of its statutory obligation to protect the interests of its employees. Section 11326(c), however, does not provide for labor protection for transactions under Sections 11324 and 11325 that involve only Class III rail carriers. Accordingly, the Board may not impose labor protective conditions here because all of the carriers involved are Class III carriers. If the notices contain false or misleading information, the exemptions are void ab initio. Petitions to revoke the exemptions under 49 U.S.C. 10502(d) may be filed at any time. The filing of 2 The verified notices of exemption in Docket Nos. FD 36218 and FD 36219 originally were filed on August 30, 2018, but were supplemented on September 17, 2018, to clarify the common control of the entities involved in the transactions. Therefore, September 17 is deemed the verified notices’ filing date. PO 00000 Frm 00104 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 49151 a petition to revoke will not automatically stay the effectiveness of the exemptions. Petitions for stay must be filed no later than October 10, 2018 (at least seven days before the exemptions become effective). An original and 10 copies of all pleadings, referring to Docket Nos. FD 36218 and FD 36219, must be filed with the Surface Transportation Board, 395 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20423–0001. In addition, a copy of each pleading must be served on the applicants’ counsel, Thomas F. McFarland, Thomas F. McFarland, P.C., 208 South LaSalle Street, Suite 1666, Chicago, IL 60604– 1228. According to applicants, these actions are categorically excluded from environmental review under 49 CFR 1105.6(c) and from historic reporting under 49 CFR 1105.8(b). Board decisions and notices are available on our website at www.stb.gov. Decided: September 25, 2018. By the Board, Scott M. Zimmerman, Acting Director, Office of Proceedings. Jeffrey Herzig, Clearance Clerk. [FR Doc. 2018–21184 Filed 9–27–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4915–01–P SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD [Docket No. AB 1261] New York State Department of Environmental Conservation—Adverse Abandonment—Saratoga and North Creek Railway in Town of Johnsburg, NY On September 10, 2018, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (the Department) filed an application under 49 U.S.C. 10903 requesting that the Surface Transportation Board (the Board) authorize the third-party, or adverse, abandonment of Saratoga and North Creek Railway (SNCR) over approximately 29.71 miles of rail line extending between milepost NC 0.0 at North Creek, NY, and its terminus at milepost NC 29.71 near the former Tahawus Mine (Tahawus Line or the Line). The Line traverses United States Postal Service Zip Codes 12842, 12843, 12851, 12852, 12853, and 12857. According to the Department, the Line was built by the United States during the Second World War to facilitate the transportation of strategic materials from a former mine owned and operated by NL Industries. In 2012, SNCR obtained Board authority to operate over the Tahawus Line, which it had purchased from NL Industries the year E:\FR\FM\28SEN1.SGM 28SEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 189 (Friday, September 28, 2018)]
[Notices]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD


30-Day Notice of Intent To Seek Extension of Approval of 
Collections: Rail Carrier Financial Reports

AGENCY: Surface Transportation Board.

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: As part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork burdens, 
and as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), the 
Surface Transportation Board (Board) gives notice of its intent to 
request from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval without 
change of the six existing collections described below. The Board 
previously published a notice about this collection in the Federal 
Register (July 11, 2018). That notice allowed for a 60-day public 
review and comment period. No comments were received.

DATES: Comments on these information collections should be submitted by 
October 29, 2018.

ADDRESSES: Written comments should be identified as ``Paperwork 
Reduction Act Comments, Surface Transportation Board: Rail Carrier 
Financial Reports.'' These comments should be directed to the Office of 
Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, 
Attention: Michael McManus, Surface Transportation Board Desk Officer: 
By email at [email protected]; by fax at (202) 395-1743; or 
by mail to Room 10235, 725 17th Street NW, Washington, DC 20503. Please 
also direct comments to Chris Oehrle, PRA Officer, Surface 
Transportation Board, 395 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20423-0001, or to 
[email protected].

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information regarding 
these collections, contact Pedro Ramirez at (202) 245-0333 or 
[email protected]. Assistance for the hearing impaired is available 
through the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Comments are requested concerning each 
collection as to (1) whether the particular collection of information 
is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Board, 
including whether the collection has practical utility; (2) the 
accuracy of the Board's burden estimates; (3) ways to enhance the 
quality, utility, and clarity of the information collected; and (4) 
ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on the 
respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or 
other forms of information technology, when appropriate. Submitted 
comments will be included and/or summarized in the Board's request for 
OMB approval.
    Subjects: In this notice, the Board is requesting comments on the 
following information collections:

Description of Collection 1

    Title: Quarterly Report of Revenues, Expenses, and Income--
Railroads (Form RE&I).
    OMB Control Number: 2140-0013.
    Form Number: Form RE&I.
    Type of Review: Extension without change.
    Respondents: Class I railroads.
    Number of Respondents: Seven.
    Estimated Time per Response: Six hours.
    Frequency of Response: Quarterly.
    Total Annual Hour Burden: 168 hours annually.
    Total Annual ``Non-Hour Burden'' Cost: None identified. Filings are 
submitted electronically to the Board.
    Needs and Uses: This collection is a report of railroad operating 
revenues, operating expenses and income items. It is also a profit and 
loss statement, disclosing net railway operating income on a quarterly 
and year-to-date basis for current and prior years. See 49 CFR 1243.1. 
The Board uses the information in this report to ensure competitive, 
efficient, and safe transportation through general oversight programs 
that monitor and forecast the financial and operating condition of 
railroads, and through regulation of railroad rate and service issues 
and rail restructuring proposals, including railroad mergers, 
consolidations, acquisitions of control, and abandonments. Information 
from these reports is used by the Board, other federal agencies, and 
industry groups to monitor and assess industry growth and operations, 
detect changes in carrier financial stability, and identify trends that 
may affect the national transportation system. Some of the information 
from these reports is compiled by the Board in our quarterly Selected 
Earnings Data Report, which is published on the Board's website, 
https://www.stb.gov/stb/industry/econ_reports.html. The information 
contained in these reports is not available from any other source.

Description of Collection 2

    Title: Quarterly Condensed Balance Sheet--Railroads (Form CBS).
    OMB Control Number: 2140-0014.
    Form Number: Form CBS.
    Type of Review: Extension without change.
    Respondents: Class I railroads.
    Number of Respondents: Seven.
    Estimated Time per Response: Six hours.
    Frequency of Response: Quarterly.
    Total Annual Hour Burden: 168 hours annually.
    Total Annual ``Non-Hour Burden'' Cost: None identified. Filings are 
submitted electronically to the Board.
    Needs and Uses: This collection shows the balance, quarterly and 
cumulative, for the current and prior year of the carrier's assets and 
liabilities, gross capital expenditures, and revenue tons carried. See 
49 CFR 1243.2. The Board uses the information in this report to ensure 
competitive, efficient, and safe transportation through general 
oversight programs that monitor and forecast the financial and 
operating condition of railroads, and through specific regulation of 
railroad rate and service issues and rail restructuring proposals, 
including railroad mergers, consolidations, acquisitions of control, 
and abandonments. Information from these reports is used by the Board, 
other federal agencies, and industry groups to assess industry growth 
and operations, detect changes in carrier financial stability, and 
identify trends that may affect the national transportation system. 
Revenue ton-miles, which are reported in these reports, are compiled 
and published by the Board in its quarterly Selected Earnings Data 
Report, which is published on the Board's website, https://www.stb.gov/stb/industry/econ_reports.html. The information contained in these 
reports is not available from any other source.

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Description of Collection 3

    Title: Report of Railroad Employees, Service and Compensation (Wage 
Forms A and B).
    OMB Control Number: 2140-0004.
    Form Number: Wage Form A; and Wage Form B.
    Type of Review: Extension without change.
    Respondents: Class I railroads.
    Number of Respondents: Seven.
    Estimated Time per Response: No more than 3 hours per quarterly 
report and 4 hours per annual summation.
    Frequency of Response: Quarterly, with an annual summation.
    Total Annual Hour Burden: No more than 112 hours annually.
    Total Annual ``Non-Hour Burden'' Cost: None identified. Filings are 
submitted electronically to the Board.
    Needs and Uses: This collection shows the number of employees, 
service hours, and compensation, by employee group (e.g., executive, 
professional, maintenance-of-way and equipment, and transportation), of 
the reporting railroads. See 49 CFR pt. 1245. The information is used 
by the Board to forecast labor costs and measure the efficiency of the 
reporting railroads. The information is also used by the Board to 
evaluate proposed regulated transactions that may impact rail 
employees, including mergers and consolidations, acquisitions of 
control, purchases, and abandonments. Other federal agencies and 
industry groups, including the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB), Bureau 
of Labor Statistics (BLS), and Association of American Railroads (AAR), 
use the information contained in the reports to monitor railroad 
operations. Certain information from these reports is compiled and 
published on the Board's website, https://www.stb.gov/stb/industry/econ_reports.html. The information contained in these reports is not 
available from any other source.

Description of Collection 4

    Title: Monthly Report of Number of Employees of Class I Railroads 
(Wage Form C).
    OMB Control Number: 2140-0007.
    Form Number: STB Form C.
    Type of Review: Extension without change.
    Respondents: Class I railroads.
    Number of Respondents: Seven.
    Estimated Time per Response: 1.25 hours.
    Frequency of Response: Monthly.
    Total Annual Hour Burden: 105 hours annually.
    Total Annual ``Non-Hour Burden'' Cost: None identified. Filings are 
submitted electronically to the Board.
    Needs and Uses: This collection shows, for each reporting carrier, 
the average number of employees at mid-month in the six job-
classification groups that encompass all railroad employees. See 49 CFR 
pt. 1246. The information is used by the Board to forecast labor costs 
and measure the efficiency of the reporting railroads. The information 
is also used by the Board to evaluate the impact on rail employees of 
proposed regulated transactions, including mergers and consolidations, 
acquisitions of control, purchases, and abandonments. Other federal 
agencies and industry groups, including the RRB, BLS, and AAR, use the 
information contained in these reports to monitor railroad operations. 
Certain information from these reports is compiled and published on the 
Board's website, https://www.stb.gov/stb/industry/econ_reports.html. 
The information contained in these reports is not available from any 
other source.

Description of Collection 5

    Title: Annual Report of Cars Loaded and Cars Terminated.
    OMB Control Number: 2140-0011.
    Form Number: Form STB-54.
    Type of Review: Extension with change.
    Respondents: Class I railroads.
    Number of Respondents: Seven.
    Estimated Time per Response: Four hours.
    Frequency of Response: Annual.
    Total Annual Hour Burden: 28 hours annually.
    Total Annual ``Non-Hour Burden'' Cost: None identified. Filings are 
submitted electronically to the Board.
    Needs and Uses: This collection reports the number of cars loaded 
and cars terminated on the reporting carrier's line. See 49 CFR pt. 
1247. Information in this report is entered into the Board's Uniform 
Rail Costing System (URCS), which is a cost measurement methodology. 
URCS, which was developed by the Board pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 11161, is 
used as a tool in rail rate proceedings, in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 
10707(d), to calculate the variable costs associated with providing a 
particular service. The Board also uses URCS to carry out more 
effectively other of its regulatory responsibilities, including: Acting 
on railroad requests for authority to engage in Board-regulated 
financial transactions such as mergers, acquisitions of control, and 
consolidations, see 49 U.S.C. 11323-11324; analyzing the information 
that the Board obtains through the annual railroad industry waybill 
sample, see 49 CFR pt. 1244; measuring off-branch costs in railroad 
abandonment proceedings, in accordance with 49 CFR 1152.32(n); 
developing the ``rail cost adjustment factors,'' in accordance with 49 
U.S.C. 10708; and conducting investigations and rulemakings. This 
collection is compiled and published on the Board's website, https://www.stb.gov/stb/industry/econ_reports.html. There is no other source 
for the information contained in this report.

Description of Collection 6

    Title: Quarterly Report of Freight Commodity Statistics (Form QCS).
    OMB Control Number: 2140-0001.
    Form Number: Form QCS.
    Type of Review: Extension without change.
    Respondents: Class I railroads.
    Number of Respondents: Seven.
    Estimated Time per Response: One hour.\1\
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    \1\ The 60-day notice indicated that the estimated time per 
report was 0.25 hours, but staff has adjusted its estimate to one 
hour. Therefore, the total burden hours are adjusted from 8.75 hours 
annually to 35 hours in this notice.
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    Frequency of Response: Quarterly, with an annual summation.
    Total Annual Hour Burden: 35 hours annually.
    Total Annual ``Non-Hour Burden'' Cost: None identified. Filings are 
submitted electronically to the Board.
    Needs and Uses: This collection, which is based on information 
contained in carload waybills used by railroads in the ordinary course 
of business, reports car loadings and total revenues by commodity code 
for each commodity that moved on the railroad during the reporting 
period. See 49 CFR pt. 1248. Information in this report is entered into 
the Board's URCS, the uses of which are explained under Collection 
Number 5. This collection is compiled and published on the Board's 
website, https://www.stb.gov/stb/industry/econ_reports.html. There is 
no other source for the information contained in this report.
    Under the PRA, a federal agency that conducts or sponsors a 
collection of information must display a currently valid OMB control 
number. A collection of information, which is defined in 44 U.S.C. 
3502(3) and 5 CFR 1320.3(c), includes agency requirements that persons 
submit reports, keep records, or provide information to the agency, 
third parties, or the public. Section 3507(b) of the PRA requires, 
concurrent with an agency's submitting a collection to OMB for 
approval, a 30-day notice and comment period through publication in the 
Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information.


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    Dated: September 25, 2018.
Jeff Herzig,
Clearance Clerk.
[FR Doc. 2018-21138 Filed 9-27-18; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 4915-01-P