STB rule aims to make new rail reporting requirements permanent

By Erin Voegele | January 14, 2015

The Surface Transportation Board is taking action to make its recently announced temporary weekly reporting requirements for Class I railroads permanent. On Jan. 6, the STB published a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register, opening a public comment period.

In October, the STB published a decision announcing Class I railroads would be required to publicly file weekly data reports regarding service performance. Certain data on ethanol shipments was among the new requirements.  The board took the action in response to concerns railed at hearings earlier in the year, including one that featured testimony from two South Dakota ethanol producers on the impact of rail delays on their facilities and business operations. At the time it implemented the temporary reporting requirements, the STB indicated it would initiate rulemaking in the near future to determine whether the reporting requirements should be made permanent.

Comments on the proposal are due March 2, with reply comments due April 29. According to information published by the STB, comments and replies can be submitted via the STB’s e-filing format or by paper. Additional information on how to submit comments is available on the Federal Register website.