STB Proposes Changes in Waybill Sampling Procedure

The U.S. Surface Transportation Board is seeking public comment about a proposed revision to the waybill samples that railroads submit to the agency.

In a news release, the STB said the proposed changes are part of its revisions to rate review procedures.

The STB uses waybill data for such things as exemption decisions, stratification reports, traffic volume and rate studies, and certain rate cases.

Currently the agency uses waybill sampling based on the number of carloads on a railroad’s waybill.

It is proposing to simplify the sampling rates for non-intermodal carload shipments and to specify separate sampling strata and rates for intermodal shipments.

In a statement, STB officials said the changes would create a more robust waybill sample in order to help the agency with its decision-making and analyses as well as other users of the data, without creating an undue burden on railroads.

Comments are due by Jan. 28, 2020.

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