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STB OKs Waybill Rule Change

September 5, 2020

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.

STB Proposes Changes in Waybill Sampling Procedure

December 4, 2019

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.