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A report on rate case methodology alternatives prepared pursuant to Section 15 of the Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act of 2015 is available below.

The study was prepared by InterVISTAS Consulting LLC, which the Board commissioned to provide an independent assessment of the Board's stand-alone cost (SAC) rate reasonableness methodology. Among other things, the scope of the work required InterVISTAS to look for alternative methodologies to SAC that could be used to reduce the time, complexity, and expense of rate cases; determine whether SAC is sufficient for large rate cases; and whether the Board's simplified methodologies were appropriate alternatives to SAC.

The Board held a roundtable discussion on the report in October 2016. Participants included noted economists from InterVISTAS, the Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences, the Department of Justice, Georgetown University, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Oregon, the Consumer Federation of America and the Board's Office of Economic Analysis. An audiovisual recording of the roundtable is available here. A transcript of the discussion is available here.

The full InterVISTAS report appears below.

 


Independent Study on Rate Case Methodology Alternatives

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