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43743                        SERVICE DATE – LATE RELEASE APRIL 9, 2014







Docket No. EP 724




Decided:  April 9, 2014


By decision served on April 1, 2014, the Board scheduled a public hearing for April 10, 2014, at its offices in Washington, D.C., to provide interested persons the opportunity to report on recent service problems in the United States rail network, to hear from rail industry executives on plans to address their service problems, and to discuss additional options to improve service.  In its decision, the Board indicated that the hearing would begin at 9:30 a.m.; however, in order to accommodate the large number of notices of intent to participate received, the hearing will begin at 8:30 a.m.  The schedule of appearances, with allotted times, is in the Appendix to this decision.  Any party wishing to file written comments may do so by April 17, 2014. 


If a party wishes to enhance its presentation by using visual displays and/or handouts, it may do so.  Parties may copy computer presentations to a Board-supplied laptop for viewing on the hearing room’s television screens.  Staff will be available to demonstrate the hearing room’s screen system and to assist in the copying of visual presentations onto the hearing room laptop computer on April 9, 2014, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Please call (202) 245-0238 to make arrangements.


Instructions for Attendance at Hearing


The STB requests that all persons attending the hearing use the main entrance to Patriots Plaza I at 395 E Street, S.W. (entrance on E Street closest to 4th Street).  There will be no reserved seating, except for those scheduled to present comments.  The building will be open to the public at 7:00 a.m., and participants are encouraged to arrive early.  There is no public parking in the building.  The two closest Metro stops to the Board are on the Blue and Orange Lines at Federal Center SW, 3rd and D Streets, S.W., and on the Yellow, Green, Orange and Blue Lines at L’Enfant Plaza, 6th and D Streets, S.W.


Upon arrival, check in at the 1st floor security desk in the main lobby.  Be prepared to produce valid photographic identification (driver’s license or local, state, or Federal government identification); sign in at the security desk; receive a hearing room pass (to be displayed at all times); submit to an inspection of all briefcases, handbags, etc.; and pass through a metal detector.  Persons choosing to exit the building during the course of the hearing must surrender their hearing room passes to security personnel and will be subject to the above security procedures if they choose to re-enter the building.  Hearing room passes likewise will be collected from those exiting the hearing upon its conclusion.  Those persons testifying must check in with the clerk at the front of the hearing room.


Laptops and recorders may be used in the hearing room, but no provision will be made for connecting personal computers to the internet.  Cellular telephone use is not permitted in the hearing room; cell phones may be used quietly in the corridor surrounding the hearing room, or in the building’s main lobby.


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.


The Board’s hearing room complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and persons needing such accommodations should call (202) 245-0245, by the close of business on April 9, 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.  The hearing will be held on April 10, 2014, beginning at 8:30 a.m., in the Board’s hearing room, at 395 E Street, S.W., Washington, DC.


2.  Time for the hearing is allotted as reflected in the Appendix to this decision.


3.  Any party wishing to file written comments may file their comments with the Board by April 17, 2014.


4.  This decision is effective on its service date.


By the Board, Rachel D. Campbell, Director, Office of Proceedings








Party                                                                                                               Time Allotted


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

            United States Senate, South Dakota


Panel I                                                                                                           


The Unites States Department of Transportation                                           as needed

      and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)

            Joseph C. Szabo, FRA Administrator


State of South Dakota                                                                                    7 minutes

            Lucas Lentsch, Secretary of Agriculture



Panel II


Western Coal Traffic League                                                                          15 minutes

            David McMillan, Senior Vice President, ALLETE External Affairs

            Bob Kahn, General Manager of Texas Municipal Power Agency


North Dakota Grain Growers Association                                                     5 minutes

            Bob Wisness, President                                                                     


The American Chemistry Council                                                                   15 minutes

            Thomas E. Schick, Senior Director, Regulatory & Technical Affairs


National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak)                                       10 minutes

            DJ Stadtler, Vice President of Operations



Panel III


Alliance for Rail Competition, et al.                                                               15 minutes

            Terry C. Whiteside


The American Soybean Association                                                               15 minutes

      and the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association                                  

            Lance Peterson, American Soybean Association

            Bill Gordon, Minnesota Soybean Growers Association


CHS Inc. d/b/a Midwest Cooperatives                                                           5 minutes
            Milton Handcock, General Manager


Dennis Jones, farmer and producer                                                                5 minutes


National Farmers Union                                                                                  15 minutes

            Roger Johnson, President


The National Grain and Feed Association                                                      15 minutes

            Kevin Thompson, Chairman, Rail Shipper/Receiver Committee



Panel IV


BNSF Railway Company                                                                               20 minutes

            Stevan Bobb, Executive Vice President

                  and Chief Marketing Officer

            Robert Lease, Vice President, Service Design and Performance


Canadian Pacific Railway                                                                               20 minutes

            Keith Creel, President and Chief Operating Officer



Panel V


The Association of American Railroads                                                         10 minutes

            Jeffrey Harris, Co-Chairman of the Chicago Planning Group


Canadian National Railway Company                                                           10 minutes

            Jeff Liepelt, Senior Vice-President Southern Region                                    


CSX Transportation, Inc.                                                                                10 minutes

            Cressie Brown, Vice President – Service Design

            and Advanced Technology                                                                


Norfolk Southern Railway Company                                                             10 minutes

            Rush Bailey, Assistant Vice President of Service Management


Union Pacific Railroad Company                                                                   7 minutes

            Thomas C. Haley,

                  Assistant Vice President – Network Planning and Design



Panel VI


North Central Bean Dealers Association                                                        15 minutes

            John Berthold, Director

            Brian Schanilec


Plains Grain & Agronomy                                                                              5 minutes

            Keith Brandt, General Manager


South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU)                                                           15 minutes

            DuWayne Bosse, farmer and SDFU Marshall County President


South Dakota Wheat Growers Cooperative                                                   5 minutes

            Hal Clemensen, President of the Board of Directors


United Sugars Corporation                                                                             5 minutes

            John Doxsie, President                                                                      



Panel VII


The National Coal Transportation Association                                               10 minutes      

            Tom Canter, Executive Director


TUCO Inc. and NexGen Coal Services, Ltd.                                                 5 minutes

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


Xcel Energy                                                                                                    5 minutes

            Thomas A. Imbler, Vice-President Commercial Operations



Panel VIII


Consumers United for Rail Equity                                                                 5 minutes

            Paul Gutierrez, Senior Principal, Legislative Affairs for the

            National Rural Electric Cooperative Association


Growth Energy                                                                                               15 minutes

            Chris Bliley, Director, Regulatory Affairs


Renewable Fuels Association                                                                         5 minutes

            Ed Hubbard, General Counsel


Northern Tier Energy LP                                                                                5 minutes

            Kei Rietz, Commercial Manager

            Jason Akey, Commercial Operations Manager

            Charles H. Banks, President, R.L. Banks and Assoc., Inc.



Panel IX


Occidental Chemical Corporation                                                                  5 minutes

            Robin A. Burns, Vice President – Supply Chain                               


NewPage                                                                                                         5 minutes

            Gretchen Clark, Director of Logistics and Warehousing


West Linn Paper Company                                                                             5 minutes

            Scott Dalesandro, Columbia River Logistics Inc.


Normerica Inc. and Northdown Industries Inc.                                             5 minutes

            Adam Manna, General Counsel


AMCOL International Corporation                                                                5 minutes

            Jeff Burket, Global Supply Chain Manager


VBR Tours, LLC                                                                                            5 minutes

            Todd Powell, President