Western Coal Traffic League-Petition for Declaratory Order
The Board is initiating a declaratory order proceeding to address the effect of the price that Berkshire Hathaway, Inc., paid to acquire BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) in 2010 on the Board's annual BNSF Uniform Railroad Costing System (URCS) and revenue adequacy determinations.
Notice and Request for Comments
As part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork burdens, and as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq. (PRA), the Surface Transportation Board (STB or Board) gives notice of its intent to request from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval for revision of a currently approved information collection. The revision is due solely to the reduced number of estimated yearly respondents. This information collection is described in detail below. Comments are requested concerning: (1) The accuracy of the Board's burden estimates; (2) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information collected; (3) 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, where appropriate; and (4) whether this collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Board, including whether the collection has practical utility. Submitted comments will be summarized and included in the Board's request for OMB approval.
Quarterly Rail Cost Adjustment Factor
The Board has approved the fourth quarter 2011 Rail Cost Adjustment Factor (RCAF) and cost index filed by the Association of American Railroads. The fourth quarter 2011 RCAF (Unadjusted) is 1.208. The fourth quarter 2011 RCAF (Adjusted) is 0.533. The fourth quarter 2011 RCAF-5 is 0.506. The Board noted an error in the third quarter 2011 Materials and Supplies Index, which will be accounted for using the first quarter 2012 forecast error calculation.
Renewal of National Grain Car Council
In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended 5 U.S.C., App. (FACA), notice is hereby given that the Surface Transportation Board intends to renew the charter of the National Grain Car Council (NGCC).
Renewal of Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee
In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended, 5 U.S.C., App. (FACA), notice is hereby given that the Surface Transportation Board (Board) intends to renew the charter of the Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee (RETAC).