[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 220 (Thursday, November 13, 2008)]
[Page 67252]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E8-26944]



Surface Transportation Board

[STB Ex Parte No. 680]

Study of Competition in the Freight Railroad Industry

AGENCY: Surface Transportation Board.

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: The Surface Transportation Board seeks written public comments 
on the independent study prepared by Christensen Associates, Inc., 
entitled, A Study of Competition in the U.S. Freight Railroad Industry 
and Analysis of Proposals That Might Enhance Competition.

DATES: Comments are due on or before December 22, 2008.

ADDRESSES: The Study may be accessed via the Board's Web site at http://www.stb.dot.gov. Comments may be submitted either via the Board's e-
filing format or in traditional paper format. Any person using e-filing 
should attach a document and otherwise comply with the instructions at 
the E-FILING link on the Board's Web site at http://www.stb.dot.gov. 
Any person submitting a filing in the traditional paper format should 
send an original and 10 copies referring to STB Ex Parte No. 680 to: 
Surface Transportation Board, 395 E Street, SW., Washington, DC 20423-

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Timothy Strafford, (202) 245-0356. 
[Assistance for the hearing impaired is available through the Federal 
Information Relay Service (FIRS) at: (800) 877-8339.]

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In September 2007, the Board awarded a 
contract to Christensen Associates to conduct an independent study that 
provides a comprehensive analysis of a wide range of issues including 
competition, capacity, and the interplay between the two. The report 
also includes an examination of various regulatory policy alternatives 
that could lead to changes in the Board's regulatory approach if 
    On November 6, 2008, the Board held a public meeting with 
Christensen Associates to discuss the study. The Board has made the 
report available to the public via its Web site and now seeks public 
comments from all interested persons.
    This action will not significantly affect either the quality of the 
human environment or the conservation of energy resources.

    Decided: November 6, 2008.

    By the Board, Anne K. Quinlan, Acting Secretary.
Jeff Herzig,
Clearance Clerk.
 [FR Doc. E8-26944 Filed 11-12-08; 8:45 am]