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Railroad Cost Recovery Procedures-Productivity Adjustment

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Surface Transportation Board.


Adoption of a Railroad Cost Recovery Procedures Productivity Adjustment.


In a decision served on February 5, 2009, we proposed to adopt 1.012 (1.2% per year) as the measure of average change in railroad productivity for the 2003-2007 (5-year) averaging period. This value was a decline of 0.1 of a percentage point from the current measure of 1.3% that was developed for the 2002-2006 period. That decision stated that comments may be filed addressing any perceived data and computational errors in our calculation. It also stated that, if there were no further action taken by the Board, the proposed productivity adjustment would become effective on March 1, 2009.


The productivity adjustment is effective March 1, 2009. Comments are due by February 23, 2009.


Send comments (an original and 10 copies) referring to STB Ex Parte No. 290 (Sub-No. 4) to: Surface Transportation Board, 395 E Street, SW., Washington, DC 20423-0001.

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Michael Smith, (202) 245-0322. [Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) for the hearing impaired: 1-800-877-8339.]

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Additional information is contained in the Board's decision, which is available on our Web site To purchase a copy of the full decision, write to, or call the Board's Office of Public Assistance, Governmental Affairs, and Compliance; 395 E Street, SW., Washington, DC 20423-0001; phone (202) 245-0235. [Assistance for the hearing impaired is available through FIRS: 1-800-877-8339.]

This action will not significantly affect either the quality of the human environment or energy conservation.

Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 605(b), we conclude that our action will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities within the meaning of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.

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Decided: February 3, 2009.

By the Board, Chairman Nottingham, Vice Chairman Mulvey, and Commissioner Buttrey.

Jeffrey Herzig,

Clearance Clerk.

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[FR Doc. E9-2697 Filed 2-9-09; 8:45 am]