STB to Begin Rule Making for Passenger OT Rules

The federal agency that oversees transportation will begin a rule-making process designed to define intercity passenger railroad on-time performance for purposes of Section 213 of the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008.

“The Board intends to issue in a subsequent decision a notice of proposed rulemaking in this matter, inviting public participation and comment,” said Surface Transportation Board spokesman Dennis Watson. “This decision follows a series of events surrounding the constitutionality of Section 207 of PRIIA in the federal courts, as well as a petition filed by the Association of American Railroads requesting a rulemaking on this matter.”

“The Board fully recognizes that when Congress enacted PRIIA, it placed importance on the efficient and timely adjudication of on-time performance,” said Watson. “Therefore, the Board will develop a definition of on-time performance with public participation through a formal rulemaking so that a process will be in place as Congress intended.”

The board’s notice can be viewed at

http://www.stb.dot.gov/decisions/readingroom.nsf/WebDecisionID/44440?OpenDocument

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