Surface Transportation Board 2016 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Release of Waybill Data
Document Number: 2016-31462
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-29
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
Quarterly Rail Cost Adjustment Factor
Document Number: 2016-30867
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-22
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
The Board approves the first quarter 2017 Rail Cost Adjustment Factor (RCAF) and cost index filed by the Association of American Railroads. The first quarter 2017 RCAF (Unadjusted) is 0.888. The first quarter 2017 RCAF (Adjusted) is 0.373. The first quarter 2017 RCAF-5 is 0.353.
Genesee & Wyoming Inc.-Acquisition of Control Exemption-Providence and Worcester Railroad
Document Number: 2016-30843
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-22
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
Monarch Ventures Inc.-Acquisition of Control-Quick Coach Lines Ltd. and Vancouver Tours and Transit Ltd. D/B/A Charter Bus Lines of British Columbia
Document Number: 2016-30489
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-20
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
On November 21, 2016, Monarch Ventures Inc. (Monarch), a noncarrier, filed an application under 49 U.S.C. 14303 for Monarch to acquire from Royal City Charter Coach Lines Ltd. (Royal), a noncarrier, control of the assets and business operations of Quick Coach Lines Ltd. (QCL) and Vancouver Tours and Transit Ltd. d/b/a Charter Bus Lines of British Columbia (VTT). 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. Persons wishing to oppose the application must follow the rules at 49 CFR 1182.5 and 1182.8.
CSX Transportation, Inc.-Discontinuance of Service Exemption-in Perry County, Ky.
Document Number: 2016-30275
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-16
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
Revisions to Arbitration Procedures
Document Number: 2016-30249
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-16
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
Revised Inspection of Records and Related Fees
Document Number: 2016-30183
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-12-15
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
The Surface Transportation Board (Board or STB) is revising its regulations governing ``Inspection of Records'' and ``Fees'' in accordance with changes to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) made by the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016 (FOIA Improvement Act). Pursuant to the FOIA Improvement Act, the Board is extending the deadline for administrative appeals, adding information on dispute resolution services, and amending the way fees are charged in certain circumstances.
Notice of Railroad-Shipper Transportation Advisory Council Vacancies
Document Number: 2016-29974
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-14
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
The Board hereby gives notice of vacancies on RSTAC for (1) a representative of a small shipper; and (2) a representative for a Class I railroad. The Board is soliciting suggestions for candidates to fill these vacancies.
Rules Relating to Board-Initiated Investigations
Document Number: 2016-29902
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-12-14
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
The Surface Transportation Board (Board or STB) is adopting final rules for investigations conducted on the Board's own initiative pursuant to Section 12 of the Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act of 2015.
CCET, LLC-Lease and Operation Exemption-Rail Line of Norfolk Southern Railway Company in Adams County, Ohio.
Document Number: 2016-29347
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-07
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
Southwest Pennsylvania Railroad Company-Abandonment Exemption-in Fayette County, Pa.
Document Number: 2016-29241
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-06
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
United States Rail Service Issues; United States Rail Service Issues-Data Collection
Document Number: 2016-29132
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-05
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
United States Rail Service Issues-Performance Data Reporting
Document Number: 2016-29131
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-12-05
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
The Surface Transportation Board (STB or Board) is adopting a final rule to establish new regulations requiring all Class I railroads and the Chicago Transportation Coordination Office (CTCO), through its Class I members, to report certain service performance metrics on a weekly, semiannual, and occasional basis.
Carload Express, Inc.-Continuance in Control Exemption-Delmarva Central Railroad Company
Document Number: 2016-28949
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-02
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
Kokomo Rail, LLC-Acquisition and Operation Exemption-Rail Line of Indian Creek Railroad Company
Document Number: 2016-28943
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-02
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
60-Day Notice of Intent To Seek Extension of Approval: Information Collection Activities (Complaints, Petitions for Declaratory Orders, and Petitions for Relief Not Otherwise Specified)
Document Number: 2016-28613
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-29
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- 3521 (PRA), the Surface Transportation Board (STB or Board) gives notice that it is requesting from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval of an extension of the information collections required for (1) complaints filed under 49 U.S.C. 1321, 10701-10707, 11101 and 11701-11707 and 49 CFR 1111; (2) petitions for declaratory orders under 5 U.S.C. 554(e) and 49 U.S.C. 1321; and (3) catch-all petitions (for relief not otherwise specified) under 49 U.S.C. 1321 and 49 CFR part 1117. Under these statutory and regulatory sections, the Board provides procedures for persons to make a broad range of claims and to seek a broad range of remedies before the Board. The information collections relevant to these complaints and petitions are described separately below.
Dispute Resolution Procedures Under the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act of 2015
Document Number: 2016-28610
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-11-29
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
The Surface Transportation Board (Board) adopts final rules to implement passenger rail-related dispute resolution provisions under the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act of 2015 (FAST Act).
Central of Georgia Railroad Company-Abandonment Exemption-in Newton County, Ga.
Document Number: 2016-28295
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-23
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
Kokomo Rail, LLC-Acquisition and Operation Exemption-Rail Line of Kokomo Rail Co., Inc.
Document Number: 2016-28222
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-23
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
Notice of Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee Vacancy
Document Number: 2016-27963
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-21
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
The Surface Transportation Board (Board) hereby gives notice of one vacancy on its Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee (RETAC) for a representative of private railcar owners, lessors, or manufacturers. The Board is soliciting suggestions from the public for a candidate to fill this vacancy.
30-Day Notice of Intent To Seek Extension of Approval: Class I Railroad Annual Report
Document Number: 2016-26926
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-08
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. 3501-21 (PRA), the Surface Transportation Board (STB or Board) gives notice of its intent to seek approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for an extension of the collection of Class I Railroad Annual Reports, described below. The Board previously published a notice about this collection in the Federal Register. 81 FR 47486 (July 21, 2016). That notice allowed for a 60-day public review and comment period. No comments were received.
National Express LLC-Acquisition of Control-Trinity, Inc., Trinity Cars, Inc., and Trinity Student Delivery, LLC
Document Number: 2016-26724
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-04
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
On October 7, 2016, National Express LLC (National Express or Applicant), a noncarrier, filed an application under 49 U.S.C. 14303 to acquire control of Trinity, Inc. (Trinity), Trinity Cars, Inc. (Trinity Cars), and Trinity Student Delivery, LLC (Trinity Student) (collectively, Acquisition Carriers). 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. Persons wishing to oppose the application must follow the rules at 49 CFR 1182.5 & 1182.8.
AAAHI Acquisition Corporation-Acquisition of Control-All Aboard America! Holdings, Inc., Ace Express Coaches, LLC, All Aboard America! School Transportation, LLC, All Aboard Transit Services, LLC, Hotard Coaches, Inc., Industrial Bus Lines, Inc. d/b/a All Aboard America, and Sureride Charter Inc. d/b/a Sundiego Charter Co.
Document Number: 2016-26103
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-28
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
On September 29, 2016, AAAHI Acquisition Corporation (AAC), a noncarrier, filed an application under 49 U.S.C. 14303 for AAC to acquire All Aboard America! Holdings, Inc. (AAAHI), a noncarrier holding company that wholly owns passenger motor carriers Hotard Coaches, Inc. (Hotard), Industrial Bus Lines, Inc. d/b/a All Aboard America (Industrial), Sureride Charter Inc. d/b/a Sundiego Charter Co. (Sundiego), Ace Express Coaches, LLC (Ace Express), All Aboard Transit Services, LLC (AATS), and All Aboard America! School Transportation, LLC (AAAST) (collectively Acquisition Carriers). 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. Persons wishing to oppose the application must follow the rules at 49 CFR 1182.5 and 1182.8.
Release of Waybill Data
Document Number: 2016-25898
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-26
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
Civil Monetary Penalty Inflation Adjustment Rule
Document Number: 2016-25273
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-10-20
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
The Surface Transportation Board (Board) is issuing an interim final rule to adjust the Board's civil monetary penalties for inflation pursuant to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015. As mandated by that act, the Board is issuing a ``catch-up adjustment'' for its penalties and will thereafter make annual inflation adjustments according to a specified formula.
CSX Transportation, Inc.-Discontinuance of Service Exemption-in Dickenson and Buchanan Counties, VA
Document Number: 2016-25353
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-19
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
InterVISTAS Study
Document Number: 2016-25020
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-17
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
The Board will host a roundtable discussion among noted economists on an independent report that assesses the Board's rate reasonableness methodologies, including the stand-alone cost methodology, and possible alternatives.
New Orleans Public Belt Railroad-Temporary Trackage Rights Exemption-Illinois Central Railroad Company
Document Number: 2016-24909
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-14
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
Soo Line Railroad Company-Abandonment of Trackage Located in Burleigh County, N.D.
Document Number: 2016-24886
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-14
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
The Indiana Rail Road Company-Trackage Rights Exemption-CSX Transportation, Inc.
Document Number: 2016-24876
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-14
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
WRL, LLC-Acquisition Exemption-City of Tacoma, Department of Public Works
Document Number: 2016-24861
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-14
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
30-Day Notice of Intent To Seek Extension of Approval: System Diagram Maps
Document Number: 2016-24617
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-12
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- 3521 (PRA), the Surface Transportation Board (STB or Board) gives notice that it is requesting from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval of an extension for the collection of system diagram maps, which is further described below. The Board previously published a notice about this collection in the Federal Register. 81 FR 26,304 (May 2, 2016). That notice allowed for a 60-day public review and comment period. No comments were received.
30-Day Notice of Intent To Seek Extension of Approval: Rail Depreciation Studies
Document Number: 2016-24616
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-12
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. 3501-3521 (PRA), the Surface Transportation Board (STB or Board) gives notice of its intent to seek approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for an extension of the collection of Rail Depreciation Studies. This information collection is described in detail below. The Board previously published a notice about this collection in the Federal Register. 81 FR 26,304 (May 2, 2016). That notice allowed for a 60-day public review and comment period. No comments were received.
30-Day Notice of Intent To Seek Extension of Approval: Household Goods Movers' Disclosure Requirements
Document Number: 2016-24615
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-12
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. 3501-3521 (PRA), the Surface Transportation Board (STB or Board) gives notice of its intent to seek approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for an extension of the information collections (here, third-party disclosures) required by the Board's decisions in Released Rates of Motor Common Carriers of Household Goods, RR 999 (Amendment No. 5) (STB served Jan. 21, 2011); Released Rates of Motor Common Carriers of Household Goods, RR 999 (Amendment No. 5) (STB served Jan. 10, 2012). The information collection is described in more detail below. The Board previously published a notice about this collection in the Federal Register. 81 FR 35,810 (June 3, 2016). That notice allowed for a 60-day public review and comment period. No comments were received.
30-Day Notice of Intent To Seek Extension of Approval: Arbitration Option Notices
Document Number: 2016-24609
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-12
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- 3521 (PRA), the Surface Transportation Board (STB or Board) gives notice that it is requesting from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval of an extension for the collection of Arbitration Option Notices, which is further described below. The Board previously published a notice about this collection in the Federal Register. 81 FR 26,303 (May 2, 2016). That notice allowed for a 60-day public review and comment period. No comments were received.
Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad Corporation-Abandonment Exemption-in Scott County, Iowa
Document Number: 2016-24330
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-07
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
Cedar Rapids and Iowa City Railway Company-Change in Operator Exemption-Iowa Interstate Railroad, Ltd.
Document Number: 2016-24322
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-07
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
CSX Transportation, Inc.-Trackage Rights Exemption-Grand Trunk Western Railroad Company
Document Number: 2016-24187
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-06
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
Offers of Financial Assistance
Document Number: 2016-24056
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-10-05
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
The Surface Transportation Board (Board) is proposing changes to its rules pertaining to Offers of Financial Assistance to improve the process and protect it against abuse.
Florida Northern Railroad Company, Inc.-Discontinuance of Service Exemption-in Marion County, Fla.
Document Number: 2016-23727
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-03
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
Lehigh Railway, LLC-Lease Exemption Containing Interchange Commitment-Norfolk Southern Railway Company
Document Number: 2016-23695
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-09-30
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
New England Transrail, LLC, d/b/a Wilmington & Woburn Terminal Railway-Construction, Acquisition and Operation Exemption-in Wilmington and Woburn, Mass.
Document Number: 2016-23692
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-09-30
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
On June 24, 2016, New England Transrail, LLC (NET) filed a petition for exemption with the Surface Transportation Board (Board) pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 10502 and 10901 in Docket No. FD 34797 (Sub-No. 1). NET intends to acquire, construct and operate various rail lines and construct and operate transloading facilities, where goods and materials are transferred from rail to truck, in the towns of Wilmington and Woburn, Massachusetts. NET proposes to acquire 5,727 feet of existing track, to rehabilitate or construct a combined 10,838 feet of track, and to operate as a rail carrier over the total 16,565 feet of track on and adjacent to property currently owned by the Olin Corporation at 51 Eames Street in Wilmington.\1\ NET anticipates moving goods and materials (e.g. bricks, newspaper, steel, glycols, biofuels, liquid natural gas, vegetable oils, wood chips, sand, and gravel) and transloading them from rail cars directly onto trucks, into holding tanks, or into a warehouse on site for temporary storage.
CSX Transportation, Inc.-Discontinuance of Service Exemption-in Pike County, KY
Document Number: 2016-23535
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-09-29
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
CSX Transportation, Inc.-Abandonment Exemption-in Logan County, W. Va.
Document Number: 2016-23276
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-09-27
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
Class I Railroad Accounting and Financial Reporting-Transportation of Hazardous Materials
Document Number: 2016-23144
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-09-26
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
The Surface Transportation Board is withdrawing the advance notice of proposed rulemaking and discontinuing the EP 681 rulemaking proceeding which sought comment on whether and how it should update its accounting and financial reporting for Class I rail carriers to better capture the operating costs of transporting hazardous materials.