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This Notice sets forth the annual inflation adjusting index numbers which are used to adjust gross annual operating revenues of railroads for classification purposes. This indexing methodology will insure that regulated carriers are classified based on real business expansion and not from the effects of inflation. Classification is important because it determines the extent of reporting for each carrier.

The railroad's inflation factors are based on the annual average Railroad's Freight Price Index. This index is developed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). This index will be used to deflate revenues for comparison with established revenue thresholds.

The base year for railroads is 1991. The inflation index factors are presented as follows: Start Printed Page 49348

Railroad Freight Index

YearIndexDeflator
1991409.501 100.00
1992411.8099.45
1993415.5098.55
1994418.8097.70
1995418.1797.85
1996417.4698.02
1997419.6797.50
1998424.5496.38
1999423.0196.72
2000428.6495.45
2001436.4893.73
2002445.0391.92
2003454.3390.03
2004473.4186.40
2005522.4178.29
2006567.3472.09

EFFECTIVE DATE:

January 1, 2006.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Scott Decker (202) 245-0330. [Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) for the hearing impaired: 1-800-877-8339.]

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By the Board, Leland L. Gardner, Director, Office of Economics, Environmental Analysis, and Administration.

Vernon A. Williams,

Secretary.

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Footnotes

1.  Ex Parte No. 492, Montana Rail Link, Inc., and Wisconsin Central Ltd., Joint Petition for Rulemaking With Respect to 49 CFR 1201, 8 I.C.C. 2d 625 (1992), raised the revenue classification level for Class I railroads from $50 million to $250 million (1991 dollars), effective for the reporting year beginning January 1, 1992. The Class II threshold was also revised to reflect a rebasing from $10 million (1978 dollars) to $20 million (1991 dollars).

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[FR Doc. E7-16967 Filed 8-27-07; 8:45 am]

BILLING CODE 4915-01-P