Final Offer Rate Review; Expanding Access to Rate Relief
The Surface Transportation Board (STB or Board) proposes a new procedure for challenging the reasonableness of railroad rates in smaller cases. In this procedure, the Board would decide a case by selecting either the complainant's or the defendant's final offer, subject to an expedited procedural schedule that adheres to firm deadlines.
Market Dominance Streamlined Approach
The Surface Transportation Board (STB or Board) proposes a streamlined approach for pleading market dominance in rate reasonableness proceedings. The Board expects that this streamlined approach would reduce burdens on parties, expedite proceedings, and make the Board's rate relief procedures more accessible, especially for complainants with smaller cases.
Hearing on Revenue Adequacy; Railroad Revenue Adequacy
The Surface Transportation Board (Board) will hold a public hearing on December 12, 2019, on revenue adequacy issues raised in the report issued by the Board's Rate Reform Task Force (RRTF). The hearing will be held in the James E. Webb Memorial Auditorium of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), located at 300 E Street SW, Washington, DC. All interested persons are invited to appear.\1\