Rate Regulation Reforms
The Surface Transportation Board (Board) changes some of its existing regulations and procedures concerning rate complaint proceedings. The Board previously created two simplified procedures to reduce the time, complexity, and expense of rate cases. The Board now modifies its rules to remove the limitation on relief for one simplified approach, and to raise the relief available under the other simplified approach. The Board also makes technical changes to the full and simplified rate procedures; changes the interest rate that railroads must pay on reparations if they are found to have charged unreasonable rates; and announces future proceedings on options for addressing cross-over traffic and on proposals to address the concerns of small agricultural shippers. The purpose of these actions is to ensure that the Board's simplified and expedited processes for resolving rate disputes are more accessible.
Small Entity Size Standards Under the Regulatory Flexibility Act
The Board is proposing to define ``small business'' for the purpose of RFA analyses as including only those rail carriers with revenues that would bring them within the definition of a Class III rail carrier.
Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit District-Acquisition Exemption-In Marin County, Cal.
The Board is granting an exemption under 49 U.S.C. 10502 from the prior approval requirements of 49 U.S.C. 10902 for Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit District (SMART), a Class III rail carrier, to acquire an approximately 11.25-mile line of railroad in Marin County, Cal., from Golden Gate Bridge, Highway, and Transportation District; County of Marin; and Marin County Transit District.
Senior Executive Service Performance Review Board
The Surface Transportation Board (STB) publishes the names of the Persons selected to serve on its Senior Executive Service Performance Review Board (PRB).
Notice of Railroad-Shipper Transportation Advisory Council Vacancy
The Board hereby gives notice of two vacancies on RSTAC. One is for a large shipper representative, and the other is for an at-large (public interest) representative. The Board is soliciting suggestions for candidates to fill these two vacancies.
Norfolk Southern Railway Company-Lease Exemption-BNSF Railway Company
On June 26, 2013, Norfolk Southern Railway Company (NSR) filed a petition under 49 U.S.C. 10502 and 49 CFR Part 1121 for exemption from the provisions of 49 U.S.C. 11323(a)(2) to lease from BNSF Railway Company (BNSF), and upgrade and maintain, approximately 797 feet of rail line, known as the Lumber Lead, including certain underlying and adjacent land and improvements, in Chicago, Ill. (the Line), pursuant to an agreement (the Agreement) with BNSF.
Conway's Bus Service, Inc.-Sale Of Certain Assets-Academy Express, L.L.C.
On June 4, 2013, Conway's Bus Service, Inc. (CBS), and Academy Express, L.L.C. (Academy) (collectively, Applicants), motor carriers of passengers, filed an application under 49 U.S.C. 14303 for approval of the purchase of certain assets of CBS's Charter Division by Academy.\1\ The Board is tentatively approving and authorizing the transaction, and, if no opposing comments are timely filed, this notice will be the final Board action.\2\ Persons wishing to oppose the application must follow the rules set forth at 49 CFR 1182.5 and 1182.8.