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What is the Carload Waybill Sample?

It is a stratified sample of carload waybills for all U.S. rail traffic submitted by those rail carriers terminating 4,500 or more revenue carloads annually. The STB uses the Waybill Sample data for a variety of purposes, including projects, analyses, and studies. Waybill data are also used by transportation practitioners, consultants, and law firms in proceedings before the STB and State Boards. Various federal agencies use the Waybill Sample as part of their information base and many States use it as a source of information for developing state transportation plans.

Who can get access to information from the confidential Carload Waybill Sample?

Because the Waybill Sample contains sensitive shipping and revenue information, access is restricted. The rules for release of waybill data are codified at 49 C.F.R. § 1244.9. The rules identify five classes of users: (1) railroads; (2) Federal agencies; (3) States; (4) transportation practitioners, consulting firms, and law firms in specific proceedings; and (5) other users. The specific requirements for requesting access vary depending on the type of user. In general, any user granted access (other than a railroad requesting information concerning its own traffic) will be required to execute a confidentiality agreement before receiving data. See generally 49 C.F.R. §§ 1244.9(b)-(e).

What are the requirements for an “other user” to obtain access to the confidential Carload Waybill Sample?

The requestor must submit a detailed written request explaining the purpose for which data are being requested, identifying the specific data requested, and explaining why the specific data are needed. An original and two copies of the request shall be filed with the Director of the STB’s Office of Economics (Director). Requests from “other user” are published in the Federal Register. The Director will determine whether to grant access, considering any objections filed. If access is granted, the access is valid for one year and the requestor must sign a confidentiality agreement that governs the terms of access. The requestor may seek to use data for a longer period by submitting a written request for an annual extension of the agreement thirty days prior to the expiration date of the agreement. All waybill data must be either returned to the STB or certified as destroyed upon expiration of the agreement. The requestor may not keep any copies of the Waybill Data. See generally 49 C.F.R. §§ 1244.9(c)-(e).

What if there is an objection to an “other user” obtaining Waybill data?

Objections to release of the confidential waybill data must be filed no later than 14 calendar days from publication of the notice in the Federal Register. An original and three copies of each objection shall be filed with the Director, who will consider all objections in determining whether to release the requested waybill data. A request for access may be denied even if no objections are filed. See 49 C.F.R. §§ 1244.9(d)(3)-(4).

What is the appeal process if a request or objection is denied?

Any appeals of the Director’s waybill access decision must be filed with the STB within 10 days of the date of the Director’s decision. Responses to appeals must be filed within 10 days thereafter. The filing of an appeal will automatically stay the effect of the Director’s decision. See 49 C.F.R. §§ 1244.9(d)(4)(iii) and 1011.6(b).

What is the Public Use File?

The Public Use Waybill File is created from the confidential Waybill Sample File. A description of the Public Use Waybill, how it is developed, and the file itself can be downloaded using the links at the bottom of this page.

Disclaimer

Please be aware that revenue reported in the freight revenue field may be masked and not equal to the actual revenue on the freight waybill. See 49 C.F.R. § 1244.3.



Waybill questions should be directed to (202) 245-0333 or Economic.Data@stb.gov.

Creation of the Public Use Waybill Sample

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Supplemental 2015 Public Use Waybill Sample
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Reference Guide for the 2016 Surface Transportation Board Carload Waybill Sample (5.9MB)

Reference Guide for the 2015 Surface Transportation Board Carload Waybill Sample (3.3MB)

Revised Reference Guide for the 2014 Surface Transportation Board Carload Waybill Sample (4.2MB)

Reference Guide for the 2013 Surface Transportation Board Carload Waybill Sample (4.2MB)

Reference Guide for the 2012 Surface Transportation Board Carload Waybill Sample (4.1MB)


Reference Guide for the 2011 Surface Transportation Board Carload Waybill Sample (4.1MB)


Reference Guide for the 2010 Surface Transportation Board Carload Waybill Sample
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Reference Guide for the 2009 Surface Transportation Board Carload Waybill Sample, revised Tables 1-2, July 1, 2011 (1.0MB)

Reference Guide for the 2008 Surface Transportation Board Carload Waybill Sample (1.1MB)

Procedure for Sampling Waybill Records by Computer