Surface Transportation Board August 2012 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Union Pacific Railroad Company-Temporary Trackage Rights Exemption; BNSF Railway Company
Document Number: 2012-21578
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-08-31
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
Union Pacific Railroad Company-Abandonment Exemption-in Polk County, IA
Document Number: 2012-20873
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-08-24
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
CSX Transportation, Inc.-Abandonment Exemption-in Niagara County, NY
Document Number: 2012-20861
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-08-24
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
Mineral Range, Inc.-Acquisition and Operation Exemption-Rail Line of Lake Superior & Ishpeming Railroad Company
Document Number: 2012-20754
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-08-23
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
Union Pacific Railroad Company-Abandonment Exemption-in Pocahontas County, IA
Document Number: 2012-20729
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-08-23
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
GWI Voting Trust and R. Lawrence McCaffery, Voting Trustee-Control Exemption-RailAmerica, Inc., et al.
Document Number: 2012-20665
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-08-22
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
Notice of National Grain Car Council Meeting
Document Number: 2012-20664
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-08-22
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
Notice is hereby given of a meeting of the National Grain Car Council (NGCC), pursuant to section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Pub. L. No. 92-463, as amended (5 U.S.C., App. 2).
Arkansas-Oklahoma Railroad, Inc.-Lease and Operation Exemption-Line of Union Pacific Railroad Company
Document Number: 2012-20651
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-08-22
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
Santa Cruz and Monterey Bay Railway Company-Acquisition and Operation Exemption-Union Pacific Railroad Company
Document Number: 2012-20236
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-08-17
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
BNSF Railway Company-Trackage Rights Exemption-Northern Lines Railway, Inc.
Document Number: 2012-19644
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-08-10
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
CSX Transportation, Inc.-Trackage Rights Exemption-Norfolk Southern Railway Company
Document Number: 2012-19643
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-08-10
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
Chicago Central and Pacific Railroad Company-Abandonment Exemption-in Cook County, IL
Document Number: 2012-19642
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-08-10
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
Information Collection Activities (Released Rates)
Document Number: 2012-19596
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-08-10
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. 3501-3519 (PRA), the Surface Transportation Board (STB or Board) gives notice of its intent to seek from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval of the information collections (here third-party disclosures) required under the Board's decision in Released Rates of Motor Common Carriers of Household Goods, Docket No. RR 999 (Amendment No. 5) (served Jan. 21, 2011 (2011 Decision) and Jan.10, 2012 (2012 Decision) and modified on May 15, 2012). Under 49 U.S.C. 13501, 13531, and 14706(f)(2), the Board is charged with oversight of certain motor carrier tariffs (the published rates that interstate movers of household goods charge for the services they offer). More specifically, the Interstate Commerce Act requires that such a mover offer what are known as ``full-value'' rates, which are rates under which the mover will be liable for the full value of any lost or damaged cargo. Full- value has been defined by statute to mean the ``replacement value'' of the goods (the cost to the consumer to replace the items lost or damaged (49 CFR 375.201)). Additionally, the Board and its predecessor agency, the Interstate Commerce Commission, have authorized moving companies to offer consumers a lower, ``released'' rate under which the carrier is released from full liability for lost or damaged cargo and assumes less than the statutory level of cargo liability for an interstate move. In its 2011 Decision and notice (76 FR 5,431), the Board issued preliminary regulations implementing a Congressional directive to enhance consumer protection in the case of loss or damage that occurs during interstate household-good moves. See Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), Sec. 4215, Public Law 109-59, 119 Stat. 1144, 1760 (2005). The 2011 Decision required movers to provide certain information concerning the two available cargo-liability options on the written estimate formthe first form that a moving company must give to a customer. In response to comments, the 2012 Decision modified the disclosure requirements proposed in the 2011 Decision (See 77 FR 15187- 01). Subsequently, in response to further public comments, the Board issued a March 9, 2012 decision and notice postponing the effective date of the new requirements until May 15 (See 77 FR 15187-01). These disclosure requirements, which fall within the definition of information collections under the PRA (see 44 U.S.C. 3502(3) and 5 CFR 1320.3(c)), are described in more detail below and appear in full in the appendices to this notice. 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 when appropriate; and (4) whether the 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.
30-Day Notice of Request for Approval: Statutory Authority To Preserve Rail Service
Document Number: 2012-19555
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-08-09
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. 3501-3519 (PRA), the Surface Transportation Board (STB or Board) gives notice of its intent to seek from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval of the information collections required under 49 U.S.C. 10904-05 and 10907, and 16 U.S.C. 1247(d). Under these statutory provisions, the Board administers programs designed to preserve railroad service or rail rights-of-way. When a line is proposed for abandonment, affected shippers, communities, or other interested persons may seek to preserve rail service by filing with the Board: an offer of financial assistance (OFA) to subsidize or purchase a rail line for which a railroad is seeking abandonment (49 U.S.C. 10904), including a request for the Board to set terms and conditions of the financial assistance; a request for a public use condition (section 10905); or a trail-use request (16 U.S.C. 1247(d)). Similarly, when a line is placed on a system diagram map identifying it as an anticipated or potential candidate for abandonment, affected shippers, communities, or other interested persons may seek to preserve rail service by filing with the Board a feeder line application to purchase the identified rail line (section 10907). Additionally, the railroad owning the rail line subject to abandonment must, in some circumstances, provide information to the applicant or offeror. The Board previously published a notice about this collection in the Federal Register on February 10, 2012, at 77 FR 7236-37 (60-day notice). That notice allowed for a 60- day public review and comment period. No comments were received. The information collection for which approval is sought is described in detail below. Comments may now be submitted to OMB 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, when 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.