Proceeding Reopened: CSX Elsdon Line
The STB reopened Docket FD 35522 to address concerns raised by Chicago communities along the CSX Elsdon Line. CSX was instructed to comply with its representation that it would not route a train onto the line unless the track was clear, or to show cause why it could not do so. Also, the STB required CSX to submit monthly reports, providing information about at-grade crossings, blocked crossings, and the status of operating protocols with third-party railroads. To read the STB’s decision, click here.
Great Lakes Basin Transportation Scoping Comment Period Extended: Comments Now Due July, 15, 2016 The Board’s Office of Environmental Analysis has issued a Notice extending the deadline to July 15, 2016, for filing comments on the Draft Scope of Study for the preparation of the Environmental Impact Statement for Great Lakes Basin Transportation, Inc.’s proposed rail line construction in Great Lakes Basin Transportation, Inc. – Authority to Construct and Operate a Rail Line in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana, Finance Docket No. 35952. To view the notice extending the deadline to July 15, 2016, click here.
Railroad Carload and Tonnage Data, by State
The Surface Transportation Board’s Office of Economics has made public a report providing annual carload and corresponding tonnage data for freight-rail transportation either originating, terminating, or traversing each state of the United States, as derived from the Board’s Confidential Waybill Sample, from 2012 through 2014. Annual data on states in which there are minimal freight-rail operations or few rail shippers have been redacted for confidentiality. To view the new report, click here.
Final Environmental Assessment Issued: N.W. Tenn. Port Authority/Cates Landing
On March 30, 2016, the Board’s Office of Environmental Analysis (OEA) issued a Final Environmental Assessment (Final EA) discussing OEA’s final conclusions and recommendations regarding the potential environmental impacts of the Northwest Tennessee Regional Port Authority’s proposal to construct and operate an approximately 5.5 mile rail line in Lake County, Tenn. The proposed line would connect the newly constructed Port of Cates Landing, on the Mississippi River, to an existing rail line near Tiptonville, Tenn. To view the Final EA in Northwest Tennessee Regional Port Authority—Construction and Operation Exemption—in Lake County, TN, FD 35802, click here.
Issued: Environmental Notices Concerning Great Lakes Basin Transportation’s Proposal to Construct and Operate a Rail Line in Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin.
The Surface Transportation Board’s Office of Environmental Analysis (OEA) has issued a Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement; Notice of Availability of the Draft Scope of Study for the Environmental Impact Statement; Notice of Scoping Meetings; and Request for Comments on the Draft Scope of Study concerning Great Lakes Basin Transportation, Inc.’s proposal to construct and operate an approximately 278-mile rail line from near La Porte, Indiana, through Illinois, to near Milton, Wisconsin that would connect with existing Class-I railroads (the Nation’s largest). To view OEA’s notices, click here.
2014 Uniform Rail Costing System Reprocessed to Revise Errors Involving BNSF and Western Region The 2014 Uniform Railroad Costing System (URCS) has been reprocessed to revise errors involving BNSF Railway and no other railroad. To view the REVISED 2014 URCS data that includes the new spreadsheet version of its Phase II worktables for 2014, click here.
STB Library: New Hours and Procedures
Please be advised that the Surface Transportation Board Library will be open to the public from 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M., Monday through Friday, except when the agency is closed for federal holidays. Although the library will be open on a walk-in basis, patrons are strongly encouraged to call ahead to schedule an appointment during these hours. To make an appointment, please phone Crystal Wortham, at (202) 245-0288, or the Rail Customer and Public Assistance office, at (866) 254-1792. Additionally, library patrons will now be required to sign in and sign out when using the library.
Got a Complaint?
Need help from the Board without filing a formal complaint? The Rail Customer and Public Assistance team offers a free, confidential avenue to settle disputes between shippers and railroads. Read more about the program here.