STB OKs Waybill Rule Change

A rule that seek to improve waybill sample data collection has been adopted by the U.S. Surface Transportation Board.

The agency said the rule, which takes effect on Jan. 1, 2021, will result in the creation a more robust data set for decision-making and analyses.

In a news release, STB officials said the agency will increase sampling rates of certain non-intermodal carload shipments and specific separate sampling strata and rates for intermodal shipments.

Board members expect the enhanced data set to provide more comprehensive information to the STB and other users of waybill sample data in a variety of contexts, including exemption decisions, stratification reports, traffic volume and rate studies, board-initiated investigations and certain rate cases.

The final rule also eliminates the paper system for reporting waybill data.

Promulgation of the rule began in November 2019.

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