U.S. flag signifying that this is a United States Federal government website An official website of the United States government

SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD

Latest News

Below are press releases issued by the Surface Transportation Board since the beginning of 2019.  Press releases issued prior to 2019 are available here.

STB Adopts Final Rule Establishing New Class Exemption For Emergency Temporary Trackage Rights

11/30/2021 (Tuesday)
No. 21-49
Contact:  Michael Booth (202) 245-1760

The Surface Transportation Board today announced that it has adopted a final rule establishing a new class exemption for emergency temporary trackage rights.  [Click for full press release.]

 

STB Accepts CP/KCS Merger Application For Consideration

11/23/2021 (Tuesday)
No. 21-48
Contact:  Michael Booth (202) 245-1760

The Surface Transportation Board today announced that it has accepted for consideration the application filed on October 29, 2021, by Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) and Kansas City Southern Railway (KCS) concerning their potential merger.  The Board adopts a procedural schedule that sets deadlines for comments, responsive applications, final briefs, and other filings.  [Click for full press release.]

 

STB Advances Rate Review Rulemakings For Small Rate Disputes

11/15/2021 (Monday)
No. 21-47
Contact:  Michael Booth (202) 245-1760

The Surface Transportation Board today announced that it has advanced two rulemakings to establish rate reasonableness processes for small rate disputes:  a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to establish a voluntary arbitration program for small rate disputes, and a supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (SNPRM) for the Final Offer Rate Review (FORR) procedure.  [Click for full press release.]

 

STB Chairman Announces Three Upcoming Public Hearings

11/12/2021 (Friday)
No. 21-46
Contact:  Michael Booth (202) 245-1760

Surface Transportation Board Chairman Martin J. Oberman today announced that the Board will be holding three public hearings in the first quarter of 2022 [Click for full press release.]

 

STB Issues Notice of Intent to Prepare EIS For CP/KCS Merger Application

11/12/2021 (Friday)
No. 21-45
Contact:  Michael Booth (202) 245-1760

The Surface Transportation Board’s Office of Environmental Analysis (OEA) today issued a Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in connection with the proposed acquisition of control of Kansas City Southern and its U.S. rail carrier subsidiaries (collectively, KCS) by Canadian Pacific Railway Limited, Canadian Pacific Railway, and their U.S. rail carrier subsidiaries (collectively, CP) in Docket No. FD 36500. [Click for full press release.]

 

STB Proposes Procedural Schedule for CP/KCS Merger Application and Invites Public Comments

11/02/2021 (Tuesday)
No. 21-44
Contact:  Michael Booth (202) 245-1760

The Surface Transportation Board today issued a decision inviting public comments on a proposed procedural schedule for the proposed transaction between Canadian Pacific Railway Limited (CP) and Kansas City Southern Railway Company (KCS).  [Click for full press release.]

 

STB Allows Formal Service Complaint to Proceed in Sanimax v. Union Pacific

11/02/2021 (Tuesday)
No. 21-43
Contact:  Michael Booth (202) 245-1760

The Surface Transportation Board today issued a decision granting Sanimax USA LLC’s (Sanimax) request for the Board to partially revoke commodity exemptions and permits its service case against Union Pacific Railroad Company (UP) to proceed. [Click for full press release.]

 

Chairman Oberman, Board Member Schultz Visit Railroads in Nebraska and Iowa

10/26/2021 (Tuesday)
No. 21-42
Contact:  Michael Booth (202) 245-1760

Chairman Martin J. Oberman and Board Member Michelle A. Schultz traveled to important segments of the nation’s rail network last week.  [Click for full press release.]

 

STB Finds Previous Approval of Voting Trust Applies to Proposed Merger Between CP and KCS

09/30/2021 (Thursday)
No. 21-41
Contact:  Michael Booth (202) 245-1760

The Surface Transportation Board issued a decision today providing notice of its receipt of an amended notice of intent to file an application seeking authority for a proposed transaction between Canadian Pacific Railway Company (CP) and Kansas City Southern Railway Company (KCS).  The Board finds that the approval it previously granted to CP and KCS to use a voting trust applies to the voting trust described in the amended notice. [Click for full press release.]

 

Final Environmental Assessment Issued For Proposed Abandonment of Harsimus Branch in Jersey City, N.J.

09/23/2021 (Thursday)
No. 21-40
Contact:  Michael Booth (202) 245-1760

The Surface Transportation Board’s Office of Environmental Analysis (OEA) today issued a Final Environmental Assessment (EA) as part of OEA’s environmental review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) in the pending rail line abandonment proceeding, Consolidated Rail Corporation-Abandonment Exemption-in Hudson County, N.J., Docket No. AB 167 (Sub-No. 1189X), in which Conrail seeks authority to abandon the Harsimus Branch, a 1.36-mile rail line in Jersey City, N.J. [Click for full press release.]

 

Railroad Revenue Adequacy – 2020 Determination

09/07/2021 (Tuesday)
No. 21-39
Contact:  Michael Booth (202) 245-1760

The Surface Transportation Board today announced that is has made its annual determination of revenue adequacy for the Nation’s Class I freight railroads for 2020.  [Click for full press release.]

 

Surface Transportation Board Invites Comment on First-Mile / Last-Mile Service Issues

09/02/2021 (Thursday)
No. 21-38
Contact:  Janie Sheng, Michael Booth (202) 245-1760

The Surface Transportation Board today announced a decision inviting comment on issues regarding first-mile / last-mile (FMLM) service.  FMLM service refers to the movement of railcars between a local railroad serving yard and a shipper or receiver facility.  The Board seeks comment from the shipping community, carriers, and the public concerning what, if any, FMLM issues they consider relevant.  [Click for full press release.]

 

STB Rejects Use of Voting Trust in Proposed Merger between CN and KCS

08/31/2021 (Tuesday)
No. 21-37
Contact:  Janie Sheng, Michael Booth (202) 245-1760

The Surface Transportation Board today announced a unanimous decision rejecting the use of a voting trust agreement in connection with the proposed transaction between Canadian National Railway (CN) and Kansas City Southern Railway (KCS).   The Board has determined that the proposed voting trust is not consistent with the public interest standard under the Board’s merger regulations.   [Click for full press release.]

 

STB Selects Coordinator For Passenger Rail OTP Preparedness

08/19/2021 (Thursday)
No. 21-36
Contact:  Michael Booth (202) 245-1760

The Surface Transportation Board today announced that it has selected senior staff member, Neil Moyer, to coordinate the Board’s efforts in preparing to meet new intercity passenger rail on-time performance (OTP) responsibilities.  [Click for full press release.]

 

Statement From Surface Transportation Board That it Anticipates Ruling on the CN and KCS voting Trust Motion by August 31, 2021

08/10/2021 (Tuesday)
No. 21-35
Contact:  Michael Booth (202) 245-1760

The Board is currently considering a motion, filed jointly by Canadian National Railway (CN) and Kansas City Southern Railway (KCS), to approve the parties’ proposed voting trust agreement.  The Board is issuing this statement today to announce that the Board expects to issue a decision on the proposed voting trust no later than August 31, 2021. [Click for full press release.]

 

STB Institutes A Proceeding on Amtrak’s Application For an Order Allowing Operations Over CSXT and NSR Lines Along the Gulf Coast

08/06/2021 (Friday)
No. 21-34
Contact:  Michael Booth (202) 245-1760

The Surface Transportation Board today instituted a proceeding on the application filed by the National Passenger Railroad Corporation (Amtrak) under 49 U.S.C. § 24308(e), which seeks an STB order requiring CSX Transportation, Inc. (CSXT), and Norfolk Southern Railway Company (NSR) to allow Amtrak to operate additional intercity passenger trains over their lines along the Gulf Coast between New Orleans, La., and Mobile, Ala.  [Click for full press release.]

 

Final Environmental Impact Statement Issued For Proposed Uinta Basin Railway in Carbon, Duchesne, Uintah, and Utah Counties, Utah

08/06/2021 (Friday)
No. 21-33
Contact:  Michael Booth (202) 245-1760

The Surface Transportation Board’s Office of Environmental Analysis today issued a Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in Docket No. FD 36284 for the proposed Uinta Basin Railway in Carbon, Duchesne, Uintah, and Utah Counties, Utah.  [Click for full press release.]

 

STB Decides Petition For Declaratory Order Relating to Materials Sought by CP in Preparing Application For Control of KCS

08/02/2021 (Monday)
No. 21-32
Contact:  Michael Booth (202) 245-1760

The Surface Transportation Board today announced a decision on a petition filed by Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) which asked the Board to confirm that Kansas City Southern Railway (KCS) remains obligated to provide information to CP for purposes of preparing an application to acquire control of KCS.  [Click for full press release.]

 

STB Accepts CSX’s Revised Merger Application to Acquire Pan Am

07/30/2021 (Friday)
No. 21-31
Contact:  Michael Booth (202) 245-1760

The Surface Transportation Board today announced a decision accepting for consideration the revised merger application filed by CSX Transportation, Inc. (CSXT) to acquire control of Pan Am Systems, Inc., and its short line railroad subsidiaries. [Click for full press release.]

 

STB Chairman Expresses Concern Over International Intermodal Supply Chain Issues;
Requests Information From Class I Railroads

07/22/2021 (Thursday)
No. 21-30
Contact:  Michael Booth (202) 245-1760

Surface Transportation Board Chairman Martin J. Oberman today sent a letter to all Class I railroads expressing his concern over persistent problems with congestion in the international intermodal supply chain and significant container storage fees that some shippers are being required to pay in order to receive their containers. [Click for full press release.]

 

Statement From STB Chairman Martin J. Oberman on Executive Order on Competition

07/09/2021 (Friday)
No. 21-29
Contact:  Michael Booth (202) 245-1760

Today the White House issued an Executive Order, “Promoting Competition in the American Economy.”  The Executive Order reaffirms the policy of the United States to combat excessive concentration of industry, abuses of market power, and the harmful effects of monopoly and monopsony. [Click for full press release.]

 

Surface Transportation Board Announces Release of Updated Rail Heritage Map

06/23/2021 (Wednesday)
No. 21-28
Contact:  Michael Booth (202) 245-1760

The Surface Transportation Board’s Office of Environmental Analysis (OEA) has published an updated version of its Rail Heritage Map on its Railroad Map Depot webpage.  [Click for full press release.]

 

Surface Transportation Board Briefed on Freight Rail Industry Cybersecurity Preparedness

06/21/2021 (Monday)
No. 21-27
Contact:  Michael Booth (202) 245-1760

The Surface Transportation Board met recently with members of the cybersecurity team at the Association of American Railroads (AAR) to receive a briefing on AAR’s cybersecurity work and the rail industry’s cybersecurity planning and preparedness. [Click for full press release.]

 

STB Directs CN, KCS to Submit Documents Necessary for Review of Voting Trust; Sets Comment Deadlines

06/09/2021 (Wednesday)
No. 21-26
Contact:  Michael Booth (202) 245-1760

The Surface Transportation Board yesterday issued a decision that instructs Canadian National Railway (CN) and Kansas City Southern Railway (KCS) to submit for review certain documents referenced in the applicants’ merger agreement for purposes of the Board’s consideration of their request for approval of a proposed voting trust.  [Click for full press release.]

 

STB Asks Class I Railroads to Continue to Report Revenues From Demurrage and Accessorial Charges

05/28/2021 (Friday)
No. 21-25
Contact:  Michael Booth (202) 245-1760

The Surface Transportation Board today sent letters to all Class I railroads requesting that they continue to provide quarterly information about their revenues from demurrage and accessorial charges.  [Click for full press release.]

 

STB Chairman Requests Class I Railroads Report on Preparedness to Meet Demand, Workforce and Equipment Resources

05/27/2021 (Thursday)
No. 21-24
Contact:  Michael Booth (202) 245-1760

Surface Transportation Board Chairman Martin J. Oberman today sent letters to all Class I railroads requesting that they provide an update on their preparedness to meet the demand for rail service as the nation continues its economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.  [Click for full press release.]

 

Surface Transportation Board Rules on Completeness of CSX’s Merger Application to Acquire Pan Am, Permits Filing of Revised Application

05/26/2021 (Wednesday)
No. 21-23
Contact:  Michael Booth (202) 245-1760

The Surface Transportation Board today announced a decision finding the merger application filed by CSX Transportation, Inc. to acquire control of Pan Am Systems, Inc. and its short line railroad subsidiaries to be incomplete.  [Click for full press release.]

 

Surface Transportation Board Determines That Current Merger Rules Apply to Transaction Between CN and KCS, Denies CN’s Motion For Approval of Voting Trust Agreement Without Prejudice

05/17/2021 (Monday)
No. 21-22
Contact:  Michael Booth (202) 245-1760

The Surface Transportation Board today announced a decision finding that application of the waiver provision under 49 C.F.R. § 1180.0(b) to the potential transaction between Canadian National Railway (CN) and Kansas City Southern Railway (KCS) is not warranted.  The Board also denied CN’s motion to approve a proposed voting trust agreement as incomplete, without prejudice to filing a new motion.  [Click for full press release.]

 

Surface Transportation Board Determines Proposed Voting Trust For Use in Merger Between CP and KCS is Acceptable, With Certain Modifications

05/06/2021 (Thursday)
No. 21-21
Contact:  Michael Booth (202) 245-1760

The Surface Transportation Board today announced a decision finding that formal Board review of the voting trust agreement for use in connection with the proposed transaction between Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) and Kansas City Southern Railway (KCS) is warranted.  In the decision, the Board determined that the proposed arrangement is acceptable with certain modifications. [Click for full press release.]

 

Surface Transportation Board Determines Regulatory Waiver for Merger Between CP and KCS Applies

04/23/2021 (Friday)
No. 21-20
Contact:  Michael Booth (202) 245-1760

The Surface Transportation Board today announced a decision finding that the waiver provision under 49 C.F.R. § 1180.0(b) applies to the potential transaction between Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) and Kansas City Southern Railway (KCS).  [Click for full press release.]

 

Surface Transportation Board Forms Working Group to Prepare for Upcoming On-Time Performance Responsibilities

04/15/2021 (Wednesday)
No. 21-19
Contact:  Michael Booth (202) 245-1760

Surface Transportation Board (STB or Board) Chairman Martin J. Oberman announced today that the STB has formed a passenger rail working group consisting of STB staff.  [Click for full press release.]

 

Surface Transportation Board Announces Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee Meeting

04/07/2021 (Wednesday)
No. 21-18
Contact:  Michael Booth (202) 245-1760

The Surface Transportation Board announced that the semi-annual meeting of the Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee (RETAC) will be held on Thursday, April 22, at 1 p.m. ET.  [Click for full press release.]

 

Surface Transportation Board Adopts Final Rule Establishing Minimum Information Requirements for Class I Demurrage Invoices

04/06/2021 (Tuesday)
No. 21-17
Contact:  Michael Booth (202) 245-1760

The Surface Transportation Board today announced the adoption of a final rule in Demurrage Billing Requirements, Docket No. EP 759.  The final rule establishes certain minimum information requirements for demurrage bills from Class I railroads, including among other things, billing cycle, shipment, car placement, and credit and debit information.   [Click for full press release.]

 

Surface Transportation Board Adopts Final Rule Amending Thresholds for Classifying Rail Carriers

04/05/2021 (Monday)
No. 21-16
Contact:  Michael Booth (202) 245-1760

The Surface Transportation Board (Board) today announced the adoption of a final rule to amend the operating revenue thresholds for classifying rail carriers.  [Click for full press release.]

 

Surface Transportation Board Determines CSX Transportation, Inc.’s Proposed Acquisition of Pan Am Systems is a Significant Transaction

03/25/2021 (Thursday)
No. 21-15
Contact:  Michael Booth (202) 245-1760

The Surface Transportation Board announced today that it will review the proposed acquisition by CSX Transportation, Inc. (CSXT) of Pan Am Systems, Inc. (Pan Am) as a “significant” transaction under the Board’s regulations for railroad mergers, rejecting the request of CSXT and Pan Am to treat the proposed acquisition as a “minor” transaction.  [Click for full press release.]

 

STB Website Access During Maintenance on Friday, March 26 and Saturday, March 27

03/24/2021 (Wednesday)
No. 21-14
Contact:  Michael Booth (202) 245-1760

Friday, March 26, at 3 p.m. through Saturday, March 27:  The website will be available during maintenance ONLY by entering prod.stb.gov (without “www” at the beginning of the address) into your web browser.  Following maintenance, the website will be available as usual, at www.stb.gov.  [Click for full press release.]

 

Statement From STB Chairman Martin J. Oberman on Pending Railroad Mergers

03/23/2021 (Tuesday)
No. 21-13
Contact:  Michael Booth (202) 245-1760

The Surface Transportation Board has received a “notice of intent” regarding a proposed transaction that would place Canadian Pacific Railway Company and the Kansas City Southern Railway Company, both of which are Class I railroads, under common control.  The Board is also reviewing the proposed acquisition of rail carriers owned by Pan Am Systems, and Pan Am Railways, a Class II railroad, by CSX Transportation, Inc., a Class I railroad. [Click for full press release.]

 

Chairman Oberman Designates Director William Brennan as Chief Economist

03/22/2021 (Monday)
No. 21-12
Contact:  Michael Booth (202) 245-1760

Surface Transportation Board Chairman Martin J. Oberman announced today that he has designated Dr. William Brennan, director of the Office of Economics, as the Board’s chief economist.  [Click for full press release.]

 

STB Appoints Itzkoff, Jakubowski to Railroad-Shipper Transportation Advisory Council

03/05/2021 (Friday)
No. 21-11
Contact:  Michael Booth (202) 245-1760

The Surface Transportation Board today announced the addition of Donald Itzkoff and Eric Jakubowski to the Board’s Railroad-Shipper Transportation Advisory Council (RSTAC).  They join RSTAC as small railroad representatives.  [Click for full press release.]

 

Chairman Oberman Appoints Ellen Erichsen as Chief of Staff

02/04/2021 (Thursday)
No. 21-10
Contact:  Michael Booth (202) 245-1760

Surface Transportation Board Chairman Marty Oberman announced today that he has chosen Ellen Erichsen to serve as his chief of staff.  [Click for full press release.]

 

Robert Primus Designated Vice Chairman of Surface Transportation Board

02/01/2021 (Monday)
No. 21-09
Contact:  Michael Booth (202) 245-1760

The Surface Transportation Board announced today that Board Member Robert Primus has been designated as the agency’s vice chairman. [Click for full press release.]

 

Comment Period Extended: Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Uinta Basin Railway in Carbon, Duchesne, Uintah, and Utah Counties, Utah

01/28/2021 (Thursday)
No. 21-08
Contact:  Michael Booth (202) 245-1760

The Office of Environmental Analysis has extended the public comment period for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Uinta Basin Railway in Carbon, Duchesne, Uintah, and Utah Counties, Utah by 15 days.  Comments are now due by February 12, 2021.  [Click for full press release.]

 

Surface Transportation Board Members Thank Ann Begeman, Congratulate Martin Oberman as Chairmanship Changes Hands

01/22/2021 (Friday)
No. 21-07
Contact:  Michael Booth (202) 245-1760

Board Members join Chairman Oberman in his recognition of former Chairman Ann D. Begeman’s dedicated leadership and congratulate him on his well-deserved appointment. [Click for full press release.]

 

Martin Oberman Thanks Ann Begeman for Her Service on the Surface Transportation Board

01/21/2021 (Thursday)
No. 21-06
Contact:  Michael Booth (202) 245-1760

Martin Oberman thanks Ann Begeman for her tireless leadership and dedication to the Surface Transportation Board as Chairman for the last four years.  [Click for full press release.]

 

President Biden Designates Martin J. Oberman Chairman of Surface Transportation Board

01/21/2021 (Thursday)
No. 21-05
Contact:  Michael Booth (202) 245-1760

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. has designated Martin J. Oberman as Chairman of the Surface Transportation Board.  [Click for full press release.]

 

Surface Transportation Board Seeks Nominations to Fill Two Small Railroad Representative Vacancies on Railroad-Shipper Transportation Advisory Council

01/13/2021 (Wednesday)
No. 21-04
Contact:  Michael Booth (202) 245-1760

The Surface Transportation Board announced today that it is seeking nominations for candidates to fill two vacancies for small railroad representatives on the Board’s Railroad-Shipper Transportation Advisory Council (RSTAC). [Click for full press release.]

 

Michelle Schultz Sworn in as New Member of the Surface Transportation Board

01/11/2021 (Monday)
No. 21-03
Contact:  Michael Booth (202) 245-1760

Michelle A. Schultz was sworn in today as a new member of the Surface Transportation Board.  Ms. Schultz was confirmed by the Senate on November 18, 2020.  [Click for full press release.]

 

Surface Transportation Board Reconvenes Technical Conference

01/07/2021 (Thursday)
No. 21-02
Contact:  Janie Sheng, Michael Booth (202) 245-1760

The Board announced that its staff will reconvene the technical conference held on December 18, 2020, concerning a new approach its Office of Economics has developed for possible use in considering class exemption and revocation issues.  The technical conference will resume virtually via Zoom on January 15, 2021, at 10:00 AM ET. [Click for full press release.]

 

Robert Primus Sworn in as New Member of the Surface Transportation Board

01/07/2021 (Thursday)
No. 21-01
Contact:  Janie Sheng, Michael Booth (202) 245-1760

Robert Primus was sworn in at a ceremony in the U.S. Capitol, officiated by House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn, as a new member of the Surface Transportation Board.  Mr. Primus was confirmed by the Senate on November 18, 2020. [Click for full press release.]

 

2019 Public Use Waybill Sample and Uniform Railroad Costing System Data Now Available

12/18/2020 (Friday)
No. 20-19
Contact:  Janie Sheng, Michael Booth (202) 245-1760

The Surface Transportation Board has posted the 2019 Public Use Waybill Sample and the 2019 Uniform Railroad Costing System (URCS) data.  [Click for full press release.]

 

Surface Transportation Board to Hold Technical Conference

12/04/2020 (Friday)
No. 20-18
Contact:  Janie Sheng, Michael Booth (202) 245-1760

The Board announced that its staff will hold a technical conference concerning a new approach its Office of Economics has developed for possible use in considering class exemption and revocation issues.  The technical conference will be held virtually via Zoom on December 18, 2020, at 10:00 AM ET.  [Click for full press release.]

 

Draft Environmental Impact Statement Issued for the Proposed Uinta Basin Railway in Carbon, Duchesne, Uintah, and Utah Counties, Utah

10/30/2020 (Friday)
No. 20-17
Contact:  Janie Sheng, Michael Booth (202) 245-1760

On October 30, 2020, the Surface Transportation Board’s Office of Environmental Analysis issued a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in Docket No. FD 36284 for the proposed Uinta Basin Railway in Carbon, Duchesne, Uintah, and Utah Counties, Utah.  [Click for full press release.]

 

Surface Transportation Board Monitoring Impacts of Hurricane Zeta

10/28/2020 (Wednesday)
No. 20-16
Contact:  Janie Sheng, Michael Booth (202) 245-1760

The Surface Transportation Board today announced that it is actively monitoring any rail service disruptions caused by Hurricane Zeta.  The National Hurricane Center forecasts hurricane conditions, especially along the coast of Louisiana, beginning on Friday.

The Board is prepared to utilize its emergency service authorities pursuant to 49 U.S.C § 11123 if a “failure of traffic movement exists which creates an emergency situation of such magnitude as to have substantial adverse effects on shippers, or on rail service in a region of the United States.” [Click for full press release.]

 

Surface Transportation Board Monitoring Impacts of Hurricane Delta

10/07/2020 (Wednesday)
No. 20-15
Contact:  Janie Sheng, Michael Booth (202) 245-1760

The Surface Transportation Board today announced that it is actively monitoring any rail service disruptions caused by Hurricane Delta.  The National Hurricane Center forecasts hurricane conditions, especially along the coasts of Louisiana and Mississippi, beginning on Friday.

The Board is prepared to utilize its emergency service authorities pursuant to 49 U.S.C § 11123 if a “failure of traffic movement exists which creates an emergency situation of such magnitude as to have substantial adverse effects on shippers, or on rail service in a region of the United States.” [Click for full press release.]

 

Railroad Revenue Adequacy – 2019 Determination

10/01/2020 (Thursday)
No. 20-14
Contact:  Janie Sheng, Michael Booth (202) 245-1760

The Surface Transportation Board announced today that it has made its annual determination of revenue adequacy for the Nation’s Class I freight railroads for 2019.  The Board found that five Class I railroads (BNSF Railway Company, CSX Transportation, Inc., Norfolk Southern Combined Railroad Subsidiaries, Soo Line Corporation, and Union Pacific Railroad Company) were revenue adequate for 2019.  [Click for full press release.]

 

STB Invites Public Input on New Approach for Considering Class Exemption and Revocation Issues

09/30/2020 (Wednesday)
No. 20-13
Contact:  Janie Sheng, Michael Booth (202) 245-1760

The Surface Transportation Board today announced that it is seeking public comment concerning a new approach its Office of Economics (OE) has developed for possible use in considering class exemption and revocation issues.  [Click for full press release.]

 

Surface Transportation Board Monitoring Rail Service Impacts of Hurricane Sally

09/15/2020 (Tuesday)
No. 20-12
Contact:  Janie Sheng, Michael Booth (202) 245-1760

The Surface Transportation Board announced today that it is actively monitoring any rail service disruptions caused by Hurricane Sally.  The National Hurricane Center forecasts hurricane conditions today for the Mississippi and Alabama coastlines and the western Florida Panhandle.  The Board is prepared to utilize its emergency service authorities pursuant to 49 U.S.C. § 11123 if a “failure of traffic movement exists which creates an emergency situation of such magnitude as to have substantial adverse effects on shippers, or on rail service in a region of the United States.”  [Click for full press release.]

 

Draft Supplemental Environmental Assessment Issued for the Proposed Abandonment of the Harsimus Branch in Jersey City, N.J.

09/10/2020 (Thursday)
No. 20-11
Contact:  Janie Sheng, Michael Booth (202) 245-1760

On September 10, 2020, the Surface Transportation Board’s Office of Environmental Analysis issued a Draft Supplemental Environmental Assessment (DSEA) in the pending rail line abandonment proceeding, Consolidated Rail Corporation-Abandonment Exemption-in Hudson County, N.J., Docket No. AB 167 (Sub-No. 1189X), in which Conrail seeks authority to abandon the Harsimus Branch, a 1.36-mile rail line in Jersey City, N.J.  [Click for full press release.]

 

Surface Transportation Board Issues Final Rule to Improve Waybill Sample Data Collection

09/03/2020 (Thursday)
No. 20-10
Contact: Janie Sheng, Michael Booth (202) 245-1760

The Surface Transportation Board today announced the adoption of a final rule improving its Waybill Sample data collection by creating a more robust dataset for decision-making and analyses, without adding undue burden on railroads. [Click for full press release.]

 

Surface Transportation Board Monitoring Rail Service Impacts of Hurricane Laura

08/26/2020 (Wednesday)
No. 20-09
Contact:  Janie Sheng, Michael Booth (202) 245-1760

The Surface Transportation Board is actively monitoring any rail service disruptions caused by Hurricane Laura.  [Click for full press release.]

 

STB and FRA Send Joint Letters to Class I Railroads

08/24/2020 (Monday)
No. 20-08
Contact: Janie Sheng, Michael Booth (202) 245-1760

The Surface Transportation Board and Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) today sent a joint letter to each of the Class I railroads regarding recent issues related to the effects of the COVID-19 national emergency on the rail industry and service reliability.  The letters stress the importance of crew availability, safety, equipment resources, and communication between rail carriers and shippers as the nation works to restore jobs and promote economic recovery.  [Click for full press release.]

 

Surface Transportation Board Issues Final Rule on Market Dominance

08/03/2020 (Monday)
No. 20-07
Contact: Janie Sheng, Michael Booth (202) 245-1760

The Surface Transportation Board today announced the adoption of a final rule to establish a streamlined approach for pleading market dominance in rate reasonableness proceedings.  The final rule provides an option for simplifying the market dominance inquiry which otherwise can be costly and time-consuming, especially in smaller cases.  Today’s decision is part of the Board’s continuing effort to make its rate review procedures more accessible, efficient, and transparent.  [Click for full press release.]

 

Surface Transportation Board Vice Chairman Oberman Announces Recusal from Board Proceeding

07/22/2020 (Wednesday)
No. 20-06
Contact: Janie Sheng, Michael Booth (202) 245-1760

Surface Transportation Board Vice Chairman Martin Oberman today announced that he will recuse himself from participating in the proceeding Petition for Declaratory Order and Preliminary Injunction, Docket No. FD 36420, filed on July 21, 2020, by the Commuter Rail Division of the Regional Transportation Authority d/b/a Metra. Based on his previous service as chairman of Metra, Vice Chairman Oberman determined that a recusal is appropriate in this case.

The petition for declaratory order in Docket No. FD 36420 may be viewed on the Board’s website here.

 

Surface Transportation Board Adopts Final Rule for Reporting Chemical and Plastics Rail Service Data

05/21/2020 (Thursday)
No. 20-05
Contact:  Janie Sheng (202) 245-0221

The Surface Transportation Board announced today that it is adopting a final rule amending its railroad performance data reporting rules to include certain chemical and plastics traffic as a distinct reporting category to the Class I railroads’ weekly reporting for the “cars-held” metric.  The cars-held metric tracks the average number of loaded and empty railcars that have not moved for 48 hours or longer. [Click for full press release.]

 

Surface Transportation Board Invites Additional Stakeholder Input on Rate Review Options

05/15/2020 (Friday)
No. 20-04
Contact: Janie Sheng (202) 245-0221

The Surface Transportation Board today announced that it will permit informal discussions with stakeholders on the Board’s proposed rule in Final Offer Rate Review, Docket No. EP 755 and comments received in that docket regarding arbitration and other rate review options for smaller cases.  The Board is waiving the general prohibition on ex parte communications in that docket and will permit informal communications with the Board Members and staff between June 1, 2020, and July 15, 2020. [Click for full press release.]

 

Surface Transportation Board Issues Three Decisions Related to Demurrage Rules and Charges

04/30/2020 (Thursday)
No. 20-03
Contact:  Michael Booth (202) 245-1760

The Surface Transportation Board today announced that it is issuing a series of decisions on demurrage and accessorial rules and charges, continuing its efforts to promote transparency, timeliness, and mutual accountability by rail carriers and the shippers and receivers they serve.  Informed by the significant number of comments received during the notice-and-comment process, the Board issued three related decisions today.   [Click for full press release.]

 

STB Issues Final Rule to Clarify Demurrage Regulations

02/28/2020 (Friday)
No. 20-02
Contact: Janie Sheng (202) 245-0221

The Surface Transportation Board announced today that it is adopting a final rule clarifying the regulation of demurrage.   [Click for full press release.]

 

Martin J. Oberman Designated Vice Chairman of Surface Transportation Board

01/06/2020 (Monday)
No. 20-01
Contact: Janie Sheng (202) 245-0221

The Surface Transportation Board announced that, effective today, Board Member Martin J. Oberman has been designated as the agency’s Vice Chairman.   [Click for full press release.]

 

Final Scope of Study Issued for the Uinta Basin Railway Environmental Impact Statement

12/13/2019 (Friday)
No. 19-21
Contact: Janie Sheng (202) 245-0221

The Surface Transportation Board has issued a Notice of Availability of the Final Scope of Study (Final Scope) for the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) being prepared in connection with the Seven County Infrastructure Coalition’s proposal to construct and operate an approximately 85-mile rail line in Utah, Carbon, Duchesne, and Uintah Counties, Utah.    [Click for full press release.]

 

2018 Public Use Waybill Sample and Uniform Railroad Costing System Data Now Available

12/12/2019 (Thursday)
No. 19-20
Contact: Janie Sheng (202) 245-0221

The Surface Transportation Board has posted the 2018 Public Use Waybill Sample and the 2018 Uniform Railroad Costing System (URCS) data.    [Click for full press release.]

 

Surface Transportation Board Issues Final Rule on Trail Use Negotiating Periods

12/04/2019 (Wednesday)
No. 19-19
Contact: Janie Sheng (202) 245-0221

The Surface Transportation Board announced today that it is adopting a final rule amending its regulations related to the National Trails System Act (Trails Act).  [Click for full press release.]

 

Surface Transportation Board Proposes Rule to Improve Waybill Sample Reporting

11/29/2019 (Friday)
No. 19-18
Contact:  Janie Sheng (202) 245-0221

The Surface Transportation Board today is proposing revised regulations to improve the utility of the Waybill Sample reporting that railroads submit to the Board.  Building on the work of the agency’s Rate Reform Task Force (RRTF), the Board is proposing these amendments to enhance the Waybill Sample as part of its continued effort to make the agency’s rate review procedures more accessible, efficient, and transparent.  [Click for full press release.]

 

Surface Transportation Board Announces Additional Day and Speakers List for Hearing on Revenue Adequacy

11/22/2019 (Friday)
No. 19-17
Contact:  Janie Sheng (202) 245-0221

The Surface Transportation Board today announced that the public hearing in Railroad Revenue Adequacy, Docket No. EP 722, and Hearing on Revenue Adequacy, Docket No. EP 761, will now be a two-day long hearing to take place on December 12-13, 2019, due to the number of notices of intent to participate filed with the Board.  [Click for full press release.]

 

Surface Transportation Board Announces Launch of Redesigned Website and E-Filing System

11/20/2019 (Wednesday)
No. 19-16
Contact:  Janie Sheng (202) 245-0221

The Surface Transportation Board announced today the launch of its redesigned website and electronic filing (E-filing) system.  The redesigned website and E-filing system will provide greater convenience to our stakeholders and the public, including eliminating the need for e-filers to create a log-in account.  [Click for full press release.]

 

Cultural Resources Effects Assessment Addendum Report Issued in “Harsimus Branch” Abandonment Proceeding

11/12/2019 (Tuesday)
No. 19-15
Contact:  Janie Sheng (202) 245-0221

In November 12, 2019, the Surface Transportation Board’s Office of Environmental Analysis (OEA) issued a Cultural Resources Effects Assessment Addendum Report (Effects Addendum Report) in the pending rail-line abandonment proceeding, Consolidated Rail Corporation-Abandonment Exemption-in Hudson County, N.J., Docket No. AB 167 (Sub-No. 1189X), in which Consolidated Rail Corporation (Conrail) seeks to abandon the Harsimus Branch, a 1.36-mi. rail line in Jersey City, N.J.  [Click for full press release.]

 

Surface Transportation Board Issues Decisions Related to Demurrage Rules and Charges

10/07/2019 (Monday)
No. 19-14
Contact:  Janie Sheng (202) 245-0221

The Surface Transportation Board today announced that it is issuing a series of decisions on demurrage and accessorial rules and charges, continuing its efforts to improve dispute resolution processes, promote transparency, and make the agency more accessible.  [Click for full press release.]

 

Surface Transportation Board Proposes Rule for Additional Reporting of Rail Service Data for Chemical and Plastics Traffic

09/30/2019 (Monday)
No. 19-13
Contact:  Janie Sheng (202) 245-0221

The Surface Transportation Board today issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that would amend the Board’s railroad performance data reporting rules.  Specifically, the Board proposes to include chemical and plastics traffic as a distinct reporting category.  [Click for full press release.]

 

Surface Transportation Board Proposes to Revise its Methodology for Calculating the Rail Industry’s Cost of Capital

09/30/2019 (Monday)
No. 19-12
Contact:  Janie Sheng (202) 245-0221

The Surface Transportation Board today announced a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to enhance its methodology for determining the railroad industry’s cost of capital by incorporating an additional model, called “Step MSDCF,” into the calculation.  [Click for full press release.]

 

STB Announces the Inspector General’s Annual Independent Audit Recognizing Significant Improvements in the Agency’s Information Security Program and Practices

09/27/2019 (Friday)
No. 19-11
Contact:  Janie Sheng (202) 245-0221

The Surface Transportation Board is pleased to announce that it has made significant progress in its information security program and practices.  The Department of Transportation Office of the Inspector General (DOT OIG) recently issued its audit report for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 and recognized the STB’s significant efforts to mature its security program since DOT OIG’s first audit of the STB as a fully independent agency in FY 2017.  [Click for full press release.]

 

Surface Transportation Board Announces Hearing on Railroad Revenue Adequacy

09/12/2019 (Thursday)
No. 19-10
Contact:  Janie Sheng (202) 245-0221

The Surface Transportation Board today announced that it will hold a public hearing on Thursday, December 12, 2019, on revenue adequacy issues raised by the Board’s Rate Reform Task Force (RRTF) in its report issued on April 25, 2019 (RRTF Report).  [Click for full press release.]

 

Surface Transportation Board Proposes Rules to Reform and Improve its Rate Review Procedures and Make Them More Accessible

09/12/2019 (Thursday)
No. 19-9
Contact:  Janie Sheng (202) 245-0221

The Surface Transportation Board today is proposing new rules as part of its effort to make its rate review procedures more accessible, efficient, and transparent, including for small customers.  Building on the work of the agency’s Rate Reform Task Force (RRTF), the Board is proposing rules to establish a new rate review option for smaller cases, and provide a streamlined market dominance process that could be used in any rate review proceeding.  [Click for full press release.]

 

Railroad Revenue Adequacy–2018 Determination

09/05/2019 (Thursday)
No. 19-8
Contact:  Janie Sheng (202) 245-0221

The Surface Transportation Board announced today that it has made its annual determination of revenue adequacy for the Nation’s Class I freight railroads for 2018.  The Board found that CSX Transportation, Inc., Soo Line Corporation, and Union Pacific Railroad Company were “revenue adequate” for 2018.  [Click for full press release.]

 

Surface Transportation Board Announces Additional Day and Speakers List for Oversight Hearing on Demurrage & Accessorial Charges

05/03/2019 (Friday)
No. 19-7
Contact:  Janie Sheng (202) 245-0238

The Surface Transportation Board today announced that the public hearing in Oversight Hearing on Demurrage and Accessorial Charges, Docket No. EP 754, will now be a two-day long hearing on May 22-23, 2019, due to the number of notices of intent to participate filed with the Board.  [Click for full press release]

 

Surface Transportation Board Releases Report from the Rate Reform Task Force

04/29/2019 (Monday)
No. 19-6
Contact:  Janie Sheng (202) 245-0238

The Surface Transportation Board announced today that its Rate Reform Task Force has completed a staff report providing its recommendations for possible changes to the rate review methodologies and processes used by the Board.  The Board simultaneously is making the report available to the public.  [Click for full press release]

 

STB Announces Details for Oversight Hearing on Demurrage and Accessorial Charges

04/08/2019 (Monday)
No. 19-5
Contact:  Janie Sheng (202) 245-0238

The Surface Transportation Board announced today details for the agency’s upcoming public hearing on railroad demurrage and accessorial charges to be held on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, beginning at 9:30 a.m., in the Main Hearing Room (Room 101) of the U.S. International Trade Commission, located at 500 E Street, S.W., Washington, D.C., near the Board’s headquarters.  The Board will receive information from railroads, shippers, receivers, third-party logistics providers, and other interested parties about their recent experiences with demurrage and accessorial charges, including matters such as reciprocity, commercial fairness, the impact of operational changes on such charges, capacity issues, and effects on network fluidity.  [Click for full press release]

 

Surface Transportation Board Adopts Final Rule to Improve Payment, Filing, and Service Procedures

03/22/2019 (Friday)
No. 19-4
Contact:  Janie Sheng (202) 245-0238

The Surface Transportation Board announced today that it is adopting a final rule to improve the Board’s payment, filing, and service procedures for its stakeholders.  [Click for full press release]

 

Surface Transportation Board Announces Hearing on Railroad Demurrage and Accessorial Charges

03/20/2019 (Wednesday)
No. 19-3
Contact:  Janie Sheng (202) 245-0238

The Surface Transportation Board today announced that it will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, on railroad demurrage and accessorial charges.  Railroads, shippers, third-party logistics providers, and other interested parties will be invited to speak at the hearing and report their experience with demurrage and accessorial charges, including matters such as reciprocity, commercial fairness, operational and capacity issues, and effects on network fluidity.  [Click for full press release]

 

Patrick J. Fuchs Designated Vice Chairman of Surface Transportation Board

01/30/2019 (Wednesday)
No. 19-2
Contact:  Janie Sheng (202) 245-0238

The Surface Transportation Board announced today that Board member Patrick J. Fuchs has been designated as the agency’s Vice Chairman.  Mr. Fuchs was sworn in as a Board member on January 17, 2019.  [Click for full press release]

 

Patrick J. Fuchs and Martin Oberman Sworn in as New Members of the Surface Transportation Board

01/29/2019 (Tuesday)
No. 19-1
Contact: Janie Sheng (202) 245-0238

Chairman Ann Begeman announced the swearing in of Mr. Patrick J. Fuchs on January 17, 2019, and of Mr. Martin J. Oberman on January 22, 2019, as Members of the Board following confirmation by the United States Senate on January 2, 2019.  [Click for full press release]