Surface Transportation Board July 2015 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Indexing the Annual Operating Revenues of Railroads
Document Number: 2015-16907
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-07-10
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
Accelerating Reporting Requirements for Class I Railroads
Document Number: 2015-15407
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-07-08
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
The Surface Transportation Board (Board or STB) proposes to revise its regulations to accelerate the filing deadlines for eight reports submitted by Class I railroads: Schedule 250 (required under the Annual Report Form R-1); Quarterly Condensed Balance Sheet Forms (CBS); Quarterly Revenue, Expenses, and Income Reports (RE&I); Quarterly and Annual Wage Forms A&B; Quarterly Reports of Fuel Cost, Consumption, and Surcharge Revenue; Quarterly and Annual Freight Commodity Statistics Report Forms (QCS); Annual Report of Cars Loaded and Terminated (Form STB-54); and Monthly Report of Number of Employees (Form C).
Accounting and Reporting of Business Combinations, Security Investments, Comprehensive Income, Derivative Instruments, and Hedging Activities
Document Number: 2015-15402
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-07-08
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
The Surface Transportation Board proposes to revise its regulations to update the accounting and reporting requirements under its Uniform System of Accounts (USOA) for Class I Railroads to be more consistent with current generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and revise the schedules and instructions for the Annual Report for Class I Railroads (R-1 or Form R-1) to better meet regulatory requirements and industry needs. The intent of the proposed revisions is to promote sound and uniform accounting and financial reporting for the types of transactions and events described herein.
Information Collection Activities: Statutory Licensing and Consolidation Authority
Document Number: 2015-16447
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-07-06
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 information collections required from those seeking licensing authority under 49 U.S.C. 10901-03 and consolidation authority under Sec. Sec. 11323-26. Under these Title 49 provisions, rail carriers and non-carriers are required to file an application with the Board, or seek an exemption (through petition or notice) from the full application process under Sec. 10502, before they may construct, acquire, or operate a line of railroad; abandon or discontinue operations over a line of railroad; or consolidate their interests through a merger or common-control arrangement. The relevant information collections are described in more detail below. Comments are requested concerning: The accuracy of the Board's burden estimates; ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information collected; 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 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.
Information Collection Activities: Statutory Authority To Preserve Rail Service
Document Number: 2015-16420
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-07-06
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 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 (Sec. 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 (Sec. 10907). When a line is so placed on the map, the feeder line applicant need not demonstrate that the public convenience and necessity require or permit the sale of the line, but need only pay the constitutional minimum value to acquire it. Additionally, the railroad owning the rail line subject to abandonment must, in some circumstances, provide information to the applicant or offeror. The relevant information collections are described in more 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 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.
CSX Transportation, Inc.-Discontinuance of Service Exemption-in Raleigh County, W. Va.
Document Number: 2015-16240
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-07-02
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
CSX Transportation, Inc.-Abandonment Exemption-in Atlanta, Fulton County, GA
Document Number: 2015-16192
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-07-01
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation