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43996                     SERVICE DATE – LATE RELEASE AUGUST 28, 2014







Docket No. EP 724




Decided:  August 28, 2014


By decision served on August 18, 2014, the Board scheduled a public field hearing for September 4, 2014, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Fargo, N.D., to provide interested parties the opportunity to report on service problems in the United States rail network, to hear from rail industry executives on their efforts to address service problems, and to discuss additional options to improve service.  In its decision, the Board requested notices of intent to participate in the hearing.  The schedule of appearances, with allotted times, is in the Appendix to this decision.  If a party did not request a specific amount of time, five minutes have been allotted.  BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) and Canadian Pacific Railway Company (CP) each will appear during two separate intervals, as follows:  during Panel II, BNSF and CP will address the Board and respond to questions from Board members; the purpose of the latter panel is for BNSF and CP to respond to concerns raised during the hearing and answer any additional questions from Board members following the testimony of all other participants. 


A live video broadcast of the hearing will be available via the agency’s website at “” under “Information Center:  / Webcast / Live Video” on the home page.


Any party wishing to file written comments may do so by September 11, 2014.  Comments may be submitted either via the Board’s e-filing format or in the traditional paper format.  Any person using e-filing should attach a document and otherwise comply with the instructions at the “E-FILING” link on the Board’s website at “”  Any person submitting comments in the traditional paper format should send an original and 10 copies of the filing to:  Surface Transportation Board, Attn:  Docket No. EP 724, 395 E Street, S.W., Washington, DC  20423-0001.


If a party wishes to enhance its presentation by using visual displays and/or handouts, it may do so.  Parties should bring sufficient copies of handouts for Board members and their staffs.  Parties may copy computer presentations to a Board-supplied laptop for display in the hearing room.  Staff will be available to demonstrate the hearing room’s projector system and to assist in the copying of visual presentations onto the laptop computer at check-in.  Parties wishing to use the Board-supplied laptop should provide presentations to staff at check-in, on a flash drive and ready to download.


Instructions for Attendance at Hearing


The hearing will begin at 8:00 a.m. in the Iris Conference Room at the Hilton Garden Inn located at 4351 17th Avenue South, Fargo, ND.  Those persons speaking at the hearing must check in with the clerk.


Laptops and recorders may be used, but no provision will be made for connecting personal computers to the internet.  Cellular telephone use will not be permitted in the hearing room.


Members of the media should contact Dennis Watson in the Office of Public Assistance, Governmental Affairs, and Compliance at (202) 245-0234, if they plan to attend the hearing.


Persons needing accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act should call (202) 245-0245 by the close of business on September 3, 2014.


For further information regarding the hearing, contact Valerie Quinn at (202) 245-0382.  Assistance for the hearing impaired is available through the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at (800) 877-8339.


This decision will not significantly affect either the quality of the human environment or the conservation of energy resources.


It is ordered:


1.  A public hearing will be held on September 4, 2014, beginning at 8:00 a.m., at the Hilton Garden Inn located at 4351 17th Avenue South, Fargo, ND.


2.  Speaker time allotments are in the Appendix to this decision.


3.  Any party wishing to file written comments may file their comments with the Board by September 11, 2014.


4.  This decision is effective on its service date.


            By the Board, Joseph Dettmar, Acting Director, Office of Proceedings.








Party                                                                                                                           Time Allotted


The Honorable John Hoeven (to speak upon arrival)                                                  as needed

            United States Senate, North Dakota


The Honorable Heidi Heitkamp (to speak upon arrival)                                             as needed

            United States Senate, North Dakota


The Honorable Kevin Cramer (to speak upon arrival)                                                as needed

            United States House of Representatives, North Dakota


The Honorable Jack Dalrymple (to speak upon arrival)                                              as needed

            Governor of North Dakota


Panel I


State of South Dakota                                                                                                10 minutes

            Lucas Lentsch, Secretary of Agriculture


The Honorable George Sinner                                                                                    5 minutes

            North Dakota State Senate


The Honorable Tyler Axness                                                                                      5 minutes

            North Dakota State Senate


North Dakota Public Service Commission

            Commissioner Julie Fedorchak                                                                       5 minutes

            Commissioner Randy Christmann                                                                  5 minutes


Minnesota Department of Agriculture                                                                        5 minutes

      and the State of Minnesota                                                                                  

            Commissioner Dave Frederickson



Panel II


BNSF Railway Company                                                                                           15 minutes

            Stevan Bobb, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer

            Robert Lease, Vice President, Service Design and Performance


Canadian Pacific Railway Company                                                                          15 minutes

            John Brooks, Vice President, Market and Sales (Bulk)


Genesee & Wyoming, Inc.                                                                                          5 minutes

            David A. Brown, Chief Operating Officer


Panel III


National Coal Transportation Association                                                                  15 minutes

            Thomas C. Canter, Executive Director


Western Coal Traffic League                                                                                      10 minutes

            David J. Wanner, Manager – Fuel Services for Wisconsin Public Service


Tennessee Valley Authority                                                                                        5 minutes

            David L. Owens, Vice President of Coal & Gas Services


TUCO INC. and NexGen Coal Services, Ltd.                                                           15 minutes

            Mark L. Adkins, Vice President, NexGen Coal Services, Ltd.


Panel IV


Alliance for Rail Competition, et al.                                                                           15 minutes

            Terry Whiteside


South Dakota Grain & Feed Association                                                                   10 minutes

            Jerry Cope, President


Minnesota Grain & Feed Association                                                                         5 minutes

            Robert Zelenka, Executive Director


North Dakota Grain Growers Association                                                                 5 minutes

            Dan Wogsland, Executive Director


North Dakota Grain Dealers Association                                                                   5 minutes

            Stuart L. Letcher, Executive Vice President


Minnesota Farmers Union                                                                                           5 minutes

            Bryan Klabunde


Panel V


National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak)                                                   5 minutes

            DJ Stadtler, Vice President of Operations


Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes Division – International                 5 minutes

      Brotherhood of Teamsters

            Bruce G. Glover, Vice President




Panel VI


American Soybean Association                                                                                  15 minutes

      and Minnesota Soybean Growers Association

            Lance Peterson


North Dakota Soybean Growers Association                                                             5 minutes

            Eric Broten


Trinidad Benham Corporation                                                                                    5 minutes

            Christine O’Connell


Panel VII


Wisconsin Electric Power Company d/b/a We Energies                                            10 minutes

            Randall Van Aartsen, Director, Fuel Supply


Muscatine Power & Water                                                                                          5 minutes

            Ted Barker, President, Maxeefish, LLC


Redfield Energy, LLC                                                                                                10 minutes

            Dana Siefkes-Lewis, Chief Administrative Officer


Glacial Lakes Energy, LLC                                                                                        5 minutes

            James Seurer



Panel VIII


North Central Bean Dealers Association                                                                    10 minutes

      and Northarvest Bean Growers Association

            John Berthold

            Brian Schanilec


Gavilon Global Ag Holdings, LLC                                                                            5 minutes

            Ed Prosser, Vice President of Agriculture Trading


North Dakota Farmers Union                                                                                     5 minutes

            Roger Zetocha


North Dakota Corn Growers Association                                                                  5 minutes

            Kevin Skunes


Todd Reisenauer, North Dakota Public Service Commission Candidate                  5 minutes


Panel IX


BNSF Railway Company                                                                                    

            Stevan Bobb, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer

            Robert Lease, Vice President, Service Design and Performance


Canadian Pacific Railway Company                                                                   

            John Brooks, Vice President, Market and Sales (Bulk)