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04/22/2005 (Friday)
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Public & Media Advisory: Surface Transportation Board Provides Schedule of Appearances & New Starting Time for April 26 Public Hearing on Challenges to Railroad Rates Under the "Stand-Alone Cost" Methodology

Surface Transportation Board Chairman Roger Nober today provided a schedule of speakers' appearances and their time allocations for the STB's April 26, 2005 public hearing concerning the recently initiated proceeding entitled Rail Rate Challenges Under the Stand-Alone Cost Methodology, STB Ex Parte No. 657.

The public hearing will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 26, in Room 760, the STB's hearing room, on the 7th Floor of the agency's headquarters in the Mercury Building, 1925 K Street, N.W., Washington, D.C.

The schedule of speakers' appearances and time allocations was provided in a decision issued to the public today, April 22, 2005. That decision is available for viewing and downloading via the agency's Web site at A printed copy of the decision also is available for a fee by contacting ASAP Document Solutions, 9332 Annapolis Rd., Suite 103, Lanham, MD 20706, telephone (202) 306-4004, or via The list of speakers is attached.

A live broadcast of the hearing will be accessible via the STB's agency's Web site at, under "Information Center"/"Webcast"/"Live Audio" on the home page.



Rail Rate Challenges Under the Stand-Alone Cost Methodology, STB Ex Parte No. 657

SCHEDULE OF APPEARANCES (Party /Speaker/Time Allotted)

Panel I: Government Entities
U.S. Department of Transportation
Speaker: Paul Samuel Smith (5 minutes)

Panel II: Shippers
Edison Electric Institute
Speaker: Michael F. McBride (10 minutes)

The National Industrial Transportation League
Speakers: John Ficker, Nicholas DiMichael (10 minutes)

Concerned Captive Coal Shippers
Speakers: Jason Frisbie, S.M. DeBord (10 minutes)

Western Coal Traffic League
Speakers: Mark W. Schwirtz, David L. Laffere, Kelvin J. Dowd (10 minutes)

Panel III: Railroads
CSX Transportation Inc. & Norfolk Southern Railway Company
Speaker: G. Paul Moates (10 minutes)

BNSF Railway Company
Speakers: John P. Lanigan, Joseph P. Kalt, Samuel M. Sipe (10 minutes)

Union Pacific Railroad Company
Speaker: Louise A. Rinn (10 minutes)

Panel IV: Other Interested Parties
Snavely King Majoros O'Connor & Lee, Inc.
Speaker: Thomas O'Connor (5 minutes)

Michael A. Nelson Consulting
Speaker: Michael A. Nelson (5 minutes)