Surface Transportation Board 2018 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents
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Civil Monetary Penalties-2019 Adjustment
The Surface Transportation Board (Board) is issuing a final rule to implement the annual inflationary adjustment to its civil monetary penalties, pursuant to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015.
Gateway Industrial Railroad, LLC-Acquisition and Operation Exemption-Avatar Corporation
Progressive Rail Incorporated-Lease Exemption With Interchange Commitment-Soo Line Railroad Company and Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad Corporation
Water Carrier Tariff Filing Procedures
The Surface Transportation Board (STB or Board) proposes a new procedure for water carriers operating in the noncontiguous domestic trade to electronically publish, file, and keep tariffs available for public inspection. As explained in this notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM), the Board proposes to update its water carrier tariff filing regulations to reflect current business practices.
Railroad Revenue Adequacy-2017 Determination
On December 21, 2018, the Board served a decision announcing the 2017 revenue adequacy determinations for the Nation's Class I railroads. Four carriers (BNSF Railway Company, Norfolk Southern Combined Railroad Subsidiaries, Soo Line Corporation, and Union Pacific Railroad Company) were found to be revenue adequate.
CSX Transportation, Inc.-Abandonment Exemption-in Alachua County, Fla.
Quarterly Rail Cost Adjustment Factor
The Board has approved the first quarter 2019 Rail Cost Adjustment Factor (RCAF) and cost index filed by the Association of American Railroads. The first quarter 2019 RCAF (Unadjusted) is 1.058. The first quarter 2019 RCAF (Adjusted) is 0.448. The first quarter 2019 RCAF-5 is 0.419.
Florida Gulf & Atlantic Railroad, LLC-Acquisition and Operation Exemption With Interchange Commitment-CSX Transportation, Inc.
RailUSA, LLC and American Rail Partners, LLC-Continuance in Control Exemption-Florida Gulf & Atlantic Railroad, LLC
Dover and Delaware River Railroad, LLC-Lease with Interchange Commitment and Trackage Rights Exemption-Norfolk Southern Railway Company and New Jersey Transit Corporation
Great Northwest Railroad, L.L.C.-Amendment of Trackage Rights Exemption Containing Interchange Commitment-Union Pacific Railroad Company
Union Pacific Railroad Company-Abandonment Exemption-in Douglas County, Neb.
Middletown & New Jersey Railroad, LLC-Lease Exemption Containing Interchange Commitment-Norfolk Southern Railway Company
Alcoa Energy Services, Inc.-Acquisition Exemption-Rockdale, Sandow & Southern Railroad Company
Savage, Bingham & Garfield Railroad Company-Discontinuance of Trackage Rights Exemption-in Whiting, Ind.
Roster of Arbitrators-Annual Update
Progressive Rail Incorporated-Continuance in Control Exemption-St. Paul & Pacific Northwest Railroad Company, LLC
St. Paul & Pacific Northwest Railroad Company, LLC-Change in Operators Exemption-Kettle Falls International Railway, LLC
North Carolina & Virginia Railroad Company, L.L.C., Chesapeake & Albemarle Railroad Division-Lease Amendment and Operation Exemption Including Interchange Commitment-Norfolk Southern Railway Company
CSX Transportation, Inc.-Discontinuance of Service Exemption-in Vermilion County, Ill
Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Assessment (Draft EA) for Palmetto Railways Camp Hall Rail Line
On August 3, 2017, Palmetto Railways (Applicant) filed an exemption petition with the Board pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 10502 to construct and operate approximately 28 miles of new rail line between the Cross Subdivision of CSX Transportation, Inc. (CSXT) rail network near the Santee Cooper Cross Generating Station and the Camp Hall Commerce Park in Berkeley County, South Carolina. Implementation of the proposed rail line would bring industrial rail service to the Volvo Cars facility, as well as areas being developed by Santee Cooper. FRA and the Coast Guard are cooperating agencies in the preparation of this Draft EA pursuant to CEQ NEPA implementing regulations (40 CFR 1501.6). The purpose of this Notice of Availability (NOA) is to notify individuals and agencies interested in or affected by the proposed action of the availability of the Draft EA for review and comment on November 30, 2018. The Draft EA analyzes the potential environmental impacts of the proposed action and alternatives, including the no- action alternative. The Draft EA addresses environmental issues and concerns identified during the scoping process. It also contains OEA's preliminary recommendations for environmental mitigation measures, and Palmetto Railways' voluntary mitigation measures. The Draft EA will be available on November 30, 2018 through the Board's website at https://www.stb.gov by following the decisions link, through the project website at https://www.CampHallRailNEPA.com, and at all public libraries in Berkeley County, South Carolina. Next Steps: Following the close of the 30-day comment period on December 30, 2018 of the Draft EA, OEA, the Corps, and the cooperating agencies will issue a Final EA that considers comments on the Draft EA. The Board will then issue a final decision based on the Draft and Final EAs and all public and agency comments in the public record for this proceeding. The final decision will address the transportation merits of the proposed project and the entire environmental record. That final decision will take one of three actions: Approve the proposed project, deny it, or approve it with mitigation conditions, including environmental conditions. Written Comments: Any interested party may submit written comments on the Draft EA. The procedures for submitting written comments are outlined below:
R.J. Corman Railroad Group, LLC and R.J. Corman Railroad Company, LLC-Acquisition of Control Exemption-Nashville and Western Railroad Corp. and Nashville & Eastern Railroad Corp.
Ithaca Central Railroad, LLC-Lease and Operation Exemption-Norfolk Southern Railway Company
Watco Holdings, Inc.-Continuance in Control Exemption-Ithaca Central Railroad, LLC
Tulsa-Sapulpa Union Railway Company, L.L.C.-Lease Renewal Exemption With Interchange Commitment-Union Pacific Railroad Company
KET, LLC-Operation Exemption-Lines of Railroad in Benton County, Wash.
Paul Didelius-Continuance in Control Exemption-KET, LLC
CSX Transportation, Inc.-Lease-Western and Atlantic Railroad
This decision accepts for consideration the application by CSX Transportation, Inc. to continue to lease approximately 137.33 miles of rail line of the Western and Atlantic Railroad from the State of Georgia. The Board determines that this is a minor transaction as defined by the Board's regulations and adopts a procedural schedule.
Semiannual Regulatory Agenda
The Chairman of the Surface Transportation Board is publishing the Regulatory Flexibility Agenda for fall 2018.
Coos Bay Rail Line, Inc.-Change in Operators Exemption-Coos Bay Railroad Operating Company, LLCd/b/a Coos Bay Rail Link
Oregon International Port of Coos Bay-Continuance in Control Exemption-Coos Bay Rail Line, Inc.
Wolf Creek Railroad LLC-Lease and Operation Exemption-American Ordnance LLC, Owner's Representative for U.S. Army Joint Munitions Command
Eyal Shapira-Continuance in Control Exemption-Iowa & Middletown Railway LLC and Wolf Creek Railroad LLC
Iowa and Middletown Railway LLC-Lease and Operation Exemption-American Ordinance LLC, Owner's Representative for U.S. Army Joint Munitions Command
CSX Transportation, Inc.-Abandonment Exemption-in Cobb County, Ga.
Iowa & Middletown Railway LLC-Lease and Operation Exemption-American Ordnance LLC, Owner's Representative for U.S. Army Joint Munitions Command
Release of Waybill Data
Wisconsin Central Ltd.-Discontinuance of Service Exemption-in Ashland and Price Counties, Wis.
BNSF Railway Company-Lease Exemption-Union Pacific Railroad Company
The Indiana Rail Road Company and CSX Transportation Inc.-Joint Relocation Project Exemption-Terre Haute, Ind.
Fortress Investment Group LLC-Continuance in Control Exemption-Central Maine & Quebec Railway US Inc., Ohio River Partners Shareholder LLC, and DesertXpress Enterprises, LLC
Washington Eastern Railroad, LLC-Change in Operators Exemption-Eastern Washington Gateway Railroad Company
David L. Durbano-Continuance in Control Exemption-Washington Eastern Railroad, LLC
Norfolk Southern Railway Company-Abandonment Exemption-in the City of Detroit, Mich.
National Association of Reversionary Property Owners-Petition for Rulemaking; Limiting Extensions of Trail Use Negotiating Periods
The Surface Transportation Board (Board) grants in part a petition by the National Association of Reversionary Property Owners (NARPO) and opens a proceeding in Docket No. EP 749 (Sub-No. 1) to consider revising regulations related to the National Trails System Act. The Board proposes to modify its regulations to limit the number of 180-day extensions of a trail use negotiating period to a maximum of six extensions, absent extraordinary circumstances.
Minnesota Northern Railroad, Inc.-Abandonment Exemption-in Norman and Polk Counties, MN
Senior Executive Service Performance Review Board (PRB) and Executive Resources Board (ERB) Membership
This Federal Register notice serves to inform the public of the current membership of the PRB and ERB, which is as follows:
San Pedro Valley Holdings, LLC-Acquisition Exemption-San Pedro and Southwestern Railroad Company in Cochise County, Ariz.
Gregory B. Cundiff, Connie Cundiff, CGX, Inc. and Ironhorse Resources, Inc.-Continuance in Control Exemption-San Pedro Valley Holdings, LLC in Cochise County, Ariz.; Gregory B. Cundiff, Connie Cundiff, CGX, Inc. and Ironhorse Resources, Inc.-Continuance in Control Exemption-San Pedro Valley Railroad, LLC in Cochise County, Ariz.