30-Day Notice of Intent To Seek Extension of Approval and Merger of Collections: Statutory Authority To Preserve Rail Service
As part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork burdens, and as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), the Surface Transportation Board (STB or Board) gives notice that it is requesting from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) an extension of approval for the information collections required under section 8(d) of the National Trails System Act (Trails Act). The Board is also seeking approval to merge into this collection (OMB Control Number: 2140-0022) the collection of information about notifications of Trails Act agreement and substitute sponsorship (OMB Control Number: 2140- 0017). The Board previously published a notice about this collection in the Federal Register (Apr. 18, 2018). That notice allowed for a 60-day public review and comment period. No comments were received.
Quarterly Rail Cost Adjustment Factor
The Board approves the third quarter 2018 Rail Cost Adjustment Factor (RCAF) and cost index filed by the Association of American Railroads. The third quarter 2018 RCAF (Unadjusted) is 1.061. The third quarter 2018 RCAF (Adjusted) is 0.449. The third quarter 2018 RCAF-5 is 0.419.
Semiannual Regulatory Agenda
The Acting Chairman of the Surface Transportation Board is publishing the Regulatory Flexibility Agenda for spring 2018.
2017 Tax Information for Use in the Revenue Shortfall Allocation Method
The Board is publishing, and providing the public an opportunity to comment on, the 2017 weighted average state tax rates for each Class I railroad, as calculated by the Association of American Railroads (AAR), for use in the Revenue Shortfall Allocation Method (RSAM).