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STB Proposes Rules for Rail Rate Cases

(Progressive Railroading)

The Surface Transportation Board (STB) late last week proposed rule changes to “help improve and expedite” cases involving litigation over rail rates.

The proposed rules implement Section 11 of the STB Reauthorization Act of 2015, which required the agency to consider how procedures for expediting court litigation might be applied to rate cases, STB officials said in a press release.

The rules are not the final action the STB plans to take to improve its rate review processes, they said.

Last week’s proposal reflects public input on the advanced notice of proposed rulemaking that the STB issued in June 2016. The notice focused on improving efficiency at distinct phases of rate cases, such as the period before the complaint is filed, discovery, evidentiary submissions and the final briefing. Click here to read more.