STB Sets Hearings on Reciprocal Switching

The U.S. Surface Transportation Board will hold public hearings on March 15-16 on proposed reciprocal switching regulations.

The hearings will be held in Washington at STB headquarters and streamed live online on the agency’s website.

The proposed regulations were first announced in July 2016 and would require railroads to establish switching arrangements by competing companies for certain shippers.

Those competing companies do not physically reach a shipper(s) and would be required to pay the host railroad a switching fee.

The proposed regulations have already received extensive comments from shippers, railroads and others but the STB said in a news release that “there have been significant changes in and affecting the freight rail industry” and therefore hearings are being held.

Those wishing to address the Board must notify it by Jan. 27, 2022. Written comments should be submitted by Feb. 14, 2022.

More information about the hearings can be found at https://dcms-external.s3.amazonaws.com/DCMS_External_PROD/1640705404954/50995.pdf

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