Surface Transportation Board April 2014 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

CSX Transportation, Inc.-Abandonment Exemption-in Butler County, Ohio
Document Number: 2014-09415
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-04-24
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
Demurrage Liability
Document Number: 2014-08454
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-04-16
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
The Board is adopting final rules establishing that a person receiving rail cars from a rail carrier for loading or unloading who detains the cars beyond the ``free time'' provided in the carrier's governing tariff will generally be responsible for paying demurrage, if that person has actual notice, prior to rail car placement, of the demurrage tariff establishing such liability. The Board also clarifies that it construes the provisions of 49 U.S.C. 10743, titled ``Liability for payment of rates,'' as applying to carriers' line-haul rates, but not to carriers' charges for demurrage.
Notice and Request for Comments
Document Number: 2014-08150
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-04-11
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) an extension of approval for the collection of Applications for Land-Use Exemption Permits (for Solid Waste Rail Transfer Facilities). Pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 10501(c)(2), as amended by the Clean Railroads Act of 2008 (CRA), the Board issued rules in Solid Waste Rail Transfer Facilities, EP 684 (served on March 24, 2011). Under these rules, a person seeking a Land-Use Exemption Permit must file an application including substantial facts and argument as to why a permit is necessary and, as required by the National Environmental Policy Act, an environmental report and/or an environmental impact statement. Under 49 CFR 1155.20, an applicant is required to file a notice of intent to apply for a land-use-exemption permit before filing its application. A suggested form for this notice may be found in Appendix A to part 1155. Further, under 49 CFR 1155.21(e), an application must include a draft Federal Register notice. A suggested form for the draft Federal Register notice may be found at Appendix B to part 1155. 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.
BNSF Railway Company-Temporary Trackage Rights Exemption-Union Pacific Railroad Company
Document Number: 2014-08051
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-04-10
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
Under 49 U.S.C. 10502, the Board revokes the class exemption as it pertains to the trackage rights described in Docket No. 35808 \1\ to permit the trackage rights to expire at midnight on October 31, 2014, in accordance with the agreement of the parties, subject to the employee protective conditions set forth in Oregon Short Line RailroadAbandonment Portion Goshen Branch Betweem Firth & Ammon, in Bingham & Bonneville Counties, Idaho, 360 I.C.C. 91 (1979).
Railroad Revenue Adequacy: Petition of the Western Coal Traffic League To Institute a Rulemaking Proceeding To Abolish the Use of the Multi-Stage Discounted Cash Flow Model in Determining the Railroad Industry's Cost of Equity Capital
Document Number: 2014-07722
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-04-07
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
The Surface Transportation Board will receive comments in Docket No. EP 722 to explore the Board's methodology for determining railroad revenue adequacy, as well as the revenue adequacy component used in judging the reasonableness of rail freight rates. The Board will also receive comments in Docket No. 664 (Sub-No. 2) on how it calculates the railroad industry's cost of equity capital. The Board is seeking written comments on these matters, as described below, and later will hold a hearing to address these issues.
Norfolk Southern Railway Company-Abandonment Exemption-in Prince Edward County, VA
Document Number: 2014-07719
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-04-07
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
United States Rail Service Issues
Document Number: 2014-07605
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-04-04
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
The Surface Transportation Board (Board) will hold a public hearing on April 10, 2014, at its offices in Washington, DC, to provide interested persons the opportunity to report on recent service problems in the United States rail network, to hear from rail industry executives on plans to address their service problems, and to discuss additional options to improve service.
CCET, LLC-Lease and Operation Exemption-Rail Line of Norfolk Southern Railway Company
Document Number: 2014-07522
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-04-04
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
Grafton & Upton Railroad Company-Petition for Declaratory Order; Corrected Decision 1
Document Number: 2014-07348
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-04-02
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
Release of Waybill Data
Document Number: 2014-07258
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-04-01
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
Release of Waybill Data
Document Number: 2014-07199
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-04-01
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
Notice and Request for Comments
Document Number: 2014-07163
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-04-01
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
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- 3519 (PRA), the Surface Transportation Board (Board) gives notice that it is requesting from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval of the information collectionthe Waybill Samplefurther described below. The Board previously published a notice about this collection in the Federal Register on January 16, 2014, at 79 FR 2,938. That notice allowed for a 60-day public review and comment period. No comments were received. Comments are 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 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.