Quarterly Rail Cost Adjustment Factor
The Board has approved the second quarter 2007 rail cost adjustment factor (RCAF) and cost index filed by the Association of American Railroads. The second quarter 2007 RCAF (Unadjusted) is 1.147. The second quarter 2007 RCAF (Adjusted) is 0.537. The second quarter 2007 RCAF-5 is 0.511.
Establishment of the Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee
The Surface Transportation Board seeks public comment on the desirability of establishing, pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), a Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee, to provide independent advice and policy suggestions to the Board on issues related to the reliability of rail transportation of resources critical to the nation's energy supply, including, but not necessarily limited to, the rail transportation of coal and ethanol. Specifically, the Board seeks the views of interested persons on the utility of establishing such a committee, and, if established, the appropriate scope and the optimum size and composition of such a committee so as to reflect an appropriate and balanced cross-section of interested and affected stakeholders.
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. 6) \1\ to permit the trackage rights to expire on or about December 31, 2007, 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).
Portland & Western Railroad, Inc.-Trackage Rights Exemption-BNSF Railway Company
The Board, under 49 U.S.C. 10502, exempts the trackage rights described in Portland & Western Railroad, Inc.Trackage Rights ExemptionBNSF Railway Company, STB Finance Docket No. 34951 (STB served Nov. 22, 2006) \1\ to permit them to expire on May 30, 2016, in accordance with the agreement of the parties, subject to the employee protective conditions set forth in Oregon Short Line R. Co. AbandonmentGoshen, 360 I.C.C. 91 (1979).
Rail Capacity and Infrastructure Requirements
The Surface Transportation Board will hold a public hearing beginning at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, April 11, 2007, at its new offices in Washington, DC. The purpose of the public hearing will be to examine issues related to rail traffic forecasts and infrastructure requirements. Persons wishing to speak at the hearing should notify the Board in writing.