Union Pacific Railroad Company-Temporary Trackage Rights Exemption-BNSF Railway Company
The Board, under 49 U.S.C. 10502, revokes the class exemption as it pertains to the modified trackage rights described in STB Finance Docket No. 34554 (Sub-No. 4) \1\ to permit the trackage rights to expire on or about December 31, 2006, in accordance with the agreement of the parties,\2\ subject to the employee protective conditions set forth in Oregon Short Line R. Co.AbandonmentGoshen, 360 I.C.C. 91 (1979).
Quarterly Rail Cost Adjustment Factor
The Board has approved the second quarter 2006 rail cost adjustment factor (RCAF) and cost index filed by the Association of American Railroads. The second quarter 2006 RCAF (Unadjusted) is 1.178. The second quarter 2006 RCAF (Adjusted) is 0.562. The second quarter 2006 RCAF-5 is 0.537.
Regulations Governing Fees for Services Performed in Connection With Licensing and Related Services-2006 Update
The Board adopts its 2006 User Fee Update and revises its fee schedule to recover the costs associated with the January 2006 Government salary increases and to reflect changes in overhead costs to the Board.
Rail Fuel Surcharges
The Surface Transportation Board (Board) will hold a public hearing beginning at 9 a.m. on Thursday, May 11, 2006, at its offices in Washington, DC, to provide interested persons an opportunity to express their views on the subject of fuel surcharges collected by railroads. Persons wishing to speak at the hearing should notify the Board in writing.
Public Participation in Class Exemption Proceedings
The Surface Transportation Board, having assessed its procedures for transactions qualifying for the 7- and 21-day class exemptions proposes to modify the timeframes in its rules to provide greater public notice in advance of an exempt transaction. The proposed changes are intended to ensure that the public is given notice of a proposed transaction before the exemption becomes effective; and that the Board may process such notices of exemption, and related petitions for stay, if any, in an orderly and timely fashion.
Southwest Gulf Railroad Company-Construction and Operation Exemption-Medina County, TX
This Notice discusses the environmental review process conducted thus far for this proceeding and the basis for determining that a Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement is needed; the scope of the Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement; and the remaining steps necessary to conclude the environmental review process.
Major Issues in Rail Rate Cases
The Surface Transportation Board has instituted a proceeding to seek public comments on proposed changes to its stand-alone cost methodology, on whether to continue to permit movement-specific adjustments to its Uniform Railroad Costing System in rail rate reasonableness cases, and on the proper standards for reopening and vacating a prior rate decision that is based upon a stand-alone cost analysis. These changes are intended to resolve major issues common to all rail rate complaints seeking relief under the agency's stand-alone cost test.