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Regulations Governing Fees for Services Performed in Connection with Licensing and Related Services-2016 Update

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AGENCY:

Surface Transportation Board.

ACTION:

Final rules.

SUMMARY:

The Board updates for 2016 the fees that the public must pay to file certain cases and pleadings with the Board. In this update, the following results are obtained: 18 fees increased by $50 or less, 15 fees increased by $100 to $199, 23 fees increased by $200 to $300, 19 fees increased by more than $300, and the remaining 58 fees will be maintained at their current level.

DATES:

These rules are effective September 1, 2016.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

David T. Groves, (202) 245-0327, or Andrea Pope-Matheson (202) 245-0363. [TDD for the hearing impaired: 1-800-877-8339.]

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The Board's regulations at 49 CFR 1002.3 provide for an annual update of the Board's entire user-fee schedule. Fees are generally revised based on the cost study formula set forth at 49 CFR 1002.3(d). As compared with the 2015 fee update, the 2016 fee changes adopted here reflect a combination of a 1.46% across-the-board increase to salary costs; no change in publication cost levels; increases to two of the three Board Overhead cost factors; and a slight decrease to the third Board Overhead cost factor from its comparable 2015 level, resulting from the mechanical application of the update formula in 49 CFR 1002.3(d). Results from the formula application indicate that justified fee amounts in this 2016 update decision either remain unchanged (58 fee items), increase by $50 or less (18 fee items), increase by $300 or less (38 fee items) or increase over $300 (19 fee items) from their respective 2015 update levels. No new fee items are proposed in this proceeding. However, there is an expansion of existing fee item 98 to now include monthly and quarterly Waybill Start Printed Page 50653request data. Therefore, the Board finds that notice and comment are unnecessary for this proceeding. See Regulations Governing Fees for Servs.—1990 Update, 7 I.C.C.2d 3 (1990); Regulations Governing Fees for Servs.—1991 Update, 8 I.C.C.2d 13 (1991); Regulations Governing Fees for Servs.—1993 Update, 9 I.C.C.2d 855 (1993).

Additional information is contained in the Board's decision. To obtain a free copy of the full decision, visit the Board's Web site at http://www.stb.dot.gov or call (202) 245-0245. [Assistance for the hearing impaired is available through Federal Information Relay Services (FIRS): (800) 877-8339.]

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List of Subjects in 49 CFR Part 1002

  • Administrative practice and procedure
  • Common carriers, and Freedom of information
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Decided: July 27, 2016.

By the Board, Chairman Elliott, Vice Chairman Miller, and Commissioner Begeman.

Tia L. Delano,

Clearance Clerk.

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For the reasons set forth in the preamble, title 49, chapter X, part 1002, of the Code of Federal Regulations is amended as follows:

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PART 1002—FEES

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1. The authority citation for part 1002 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 5 U.S.C. 552(a)(4)(A) and 553; 31 U.S.C. 9701 and 49 U.S.C. 1321(a). Section 1002.1(g)(11) is also issued under 5 U.S.C. 5514 and 31 U.S.C. 3717.

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2. Section 1002.1 is amended by revising paragraphs (d), (f)(1), and (g)(6) and (7) to read as follows:

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Fees for records search, review, copying, certification, and related services.
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(d) Photocopies of tariffs, reports, and other public documents, at the rate of $1.50 per letter or legal size exposure. A minimum charge of $7.50 will be made for this service.

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(1) A fee of $74.00 per hour for professional staff time will be charged when it is required to fulfill a request for ADP data.

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(6) The search and review hourly fees will be based upon employee grade levels in order to recoup the full, allowable direct costs attributable to their performance of these functions. They are as follows:

GradeRateGradeRate
GS-1$12.43GS-9$29.02
GS-213.53GS-1031.95
GS-315.25GS-1135.11
GS-417.12GS-1242.08
GS-519.15GS-1350.04
GS-621.35GS-1459.13
GS-723.72GS-15 and over69.56
GS-826.27

(7) The fee for photocopies shall be $1.50 per letter or legal size exposure with a minimum charge of $7.50.

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3. In 1002.2, paragraph (f) is revised to read as follows:

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Filing fees.
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(f) Schedule of filing fees.

Type of ProceedingFee
PART I: Non-Rail Applications or Proceedings to Enter Into a Particular Financial Transaction or Joint Arrangement:
(1) An application for the pooling or division of traffic$4,800.
(2)(i) An application involving the purchase, lease, consolidation, merger, or acquisition of control of a motor carrier of passengers under 49 U.S.C. 143032,200.
(ii) A petition for exemption under 49 U.S.C. 13541 (other than a rulemaking) filed by a non-rail carrier not otherwise covered3,500.
(iii) A petition to revoke an exemption filed under 49 U.S.C. 13541(d)2,900.
(3) An application for approval of a non-rail rate association agreement. 49 U.S.C. 13703.30,400.
(4) An application for approval of an amendment to a non-rail rate association agreement:
(i) Significant amendment5,000.
(ii) Minor amendment100.
(5) An application for temporary authority to operate a motor carrier of passengers. 49 U.S.C. 14303(i)550.
(6) A notice of exemption for transaction within a motor passenger corporate family that does not result in adverse changes in service levels, significant operational changes, or a change in the competitive balance with motor passenger carriers outside the corporate family1,800.
(7)-(10) [Reserved]
PART II: Rail Licensing Proceedings other than Abandonment or Discontinuance Proceedings:
(11) (i) An application for a certificate authorizing the extension, acquisition, or operation of lines of railroad. 49 U.S.C. 109018,000.
(ii) Notice of exemption under 49 CFR 1150.31-1150.351,900.
(iii) Petition for exemption under 49 U.S.C. 1050213,800.
(12) (i) An application involving the construction of a rail line82,100.
(ii) A notice of exemption involving construction of a rail line under 49 CFR 1150.361,900.
(iii) A petition for exemption under 49 U.S.C. 10502 involving construction of a rail line82,100.
(iv) A request for determination of a dispute involving a rail construction that crosses the line of another carrier under 49 U.S.C. 10902(d)300.
(13) A Feeder Line Development Program application filed under 49 U.S.C. 10907(b)(1)(A)(i) or 10907(b)(1)(A)(ii)2,600.
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(14) (i) An application of a class II or class III carrier to acquire an extended or additional rail line under 49 U.S.C. 109026,800.
(ii) Notice of exemption under 49 CFR 1150.41—1150.451,900.
(iii) Petition for exemption under 49 U.S.C. 10502 relating to an exemption from the provisions of 49 U.S.C. 109027,200.
(15) A notice of a modified certificate of public convenience and necessity under 49 CFR 1150.21-1150.241,800.
(16) An application for a land-use-exemption permit for a facility existing as of October 16, 2008 under 49 U.S.C. 109096,600.
(17) An application for a land-use-exemption permit for a facility not existing as of October 16, 2008 under 49 U.S.C. 1090923,300.
(18)-(20) [Reserved]
PART III: Rail Abandonment or Discontinuance of Transportation Services Proceedings:
(21) (i) An application for authority to abandon all or a portion of a line of railroad or discontinue operation thereof filed by a railroad (except applications filed by Consolidated Rail Corporation pursuant to the Northeast Rail Service Act [Subtitle E of Title XI of Pub. L. 97-35], bankrupt railroads, or exempt abandonments)24,400.
(ii) Notice of an exempt abandonment or discontinuance under 49 CFR 1152.504,000.
(iii) A petition for exemption under 49 U.S.C. 105026,900.
(22) An application for authority to abandon all or a portion of a line of a railroad or operation thereof filed by Consolidated Rail Corporation pursuant to Northeast Rail Service Act500.
(23) Abandonments filed by bankrupt railroads2,000.
(24) A request for waiver of filing requirements for abandonment application proceedings2,000.
(25) An offer of financial assistance under 49 U.S.C. 10904 relating to the purchase of or subsidy for a rail line proposed for abandonment1,700.
(26) A request to set terms and conditions for the sale of or subsidy for a rail line proposed to be abandoned24,900.
(27) (i) A request for a trail use condition in an abandonment proceeding under 16 U.S.C.1247(d)300.
(ii) A request to extend the period to negotiate a trail use agreement500.
(28)-(35) [Reserved]
PART IV: Rail Applications to Enter Into a Particular Financial Transaction or Joint Arrangement:
(36) An application for use of terminal facilities or other applications under 49 U.S.C. 1110220,800.
(37) An application for the pooling or division of traffic. 49 U.S.C. 1132211,200.
(38) An application for two or more carriers to consolidate or merge their properties or franchises (or a part thereof) into one corporation for ownership, management, and operation of the properties previously in separate ownership. 49 U.S.C. 11324:
(i) Major transaction1,641,600.
(ii) Significant transaction328,300.
(iii) Minor transaction8,100.
(iv) Notice of an exempt transaction under 49 CFR 1180.2(d)1,800.
(v) Responsive application8,100.
(vi) Petition for exemption under 49 U.S.C. 1050210,300.
(vii) A request for waiver or clarification of regulations filed in a major financial proceeding as defined at 49 CFR 1180.2(a)6,000.
(39) An application of a non-carrier to acquire control of two or more carriers through ownership of stock or otherwise. 49 U.S.C. 11324:
(i) Major transaction1,641,600.
(ii) Significant transaction328,300.
(iii) Minor transaction8,100.
(iv) A notice of an exempt transaction under 49 CFR 1180.2(d)1,400.
(v) Responsive application8,100.
(vi) Petition for exemption under 49 U.S.C. 1050210,300.
(vii) A request for waiver or clarification of regulations filed in a major financial proceeding as defined at 49 CFR 1180.2(a)6,000.
(40) An application to acquire trackage rights over, joint ownership in, or joint use of any railroad lines owned and operated by any other carrier and terminals incidental thereto. 49 U.S.C. 11324:
(i) Major transaction1,641,600.
(ii) Significant transaction328,300.
(iii) Minor transaction8,100.
(iv) Notice of an exempt transaction under 49 CFR 1180.2(d)1,200.
(v) Responsive application8,100.
(vi) Petition for exemption under 49 U.S.C. 1050210,300.
(vii) A request for waiver or clarification of regulations filed in a major financial proceeding as defined at 49 CFR 1180.2(a)6,000.
(41) An application of a carrier or carriers to purchase, lease, or contract to operate the properties of another, or to acquire control of another by purchase of stock or otherwise. 49 U.S.C. 11324:
(i) Major transaction1,641,600.
(ii) Significant transaction328,300.
(iii) Minor transaction8,100.
(iv) Notice of an exempt transaction under 49 CFR 1180.2(d)1,500.
(v) Responsive application8,100.
(vi) Petition for exemption under 49 U.S.C. 105027,200.
(vii) A request for waiver or clarification of regulations filed in a major financial proceeding as defined at 49 CFR 1180.2(a)6,000.
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(42) Notice of a joint project involving relocation of a rail line under 49 CFR 1180.2(d)(5)2,600.
(43) An application for approval of a rail rate association agreement. 49 U.S.C. 1070676,800.
(44) An application for approval of an amendment to a rail rate association agreement. 49 U.S.C. 10706:
(i) Significant amendment14,200.
(ii) Minor amendment100.
(45) An application for authority to hold a position as officer or director under 49 U.S.C. 11328850.
(46) A petition for exemption under 49 U.S.C. 10502 (other than a rulemaking) filed by rail carrier not otherwise covered8,800.
(47) National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) conveyance proceeding under 45 U.S.C. 562300.
(48) National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) compensation proceeding under Section 402(a) of the Rail Passenger Service Act300.
(49)-(55) [Reserved]
PART V: Formal Proceedings:
(56) A formal complaint alleging unlawful rates or practices of carriers:
(i) A formal complaint filed under the coal rate guidelines (Stand-Alone Cost Methodology) alleging unlawful rates and/or practices of rail carriers under 49 U.S.C. 10704(c)(1)350.
(ii) A formal complaint involving rail maximum rates filed under the Simplified-SAC methodology350.
(iii) A formal complaint involving rail maximum rates filed under the Three Benchmark methodology150.
(iv) All other formal complaints (except competitive access complaints)350.
(v) Competitive access complaints150.
(vi) A request for an order compelling a rail carrier to establish a common carrier rate300.
(57) A complaint seeking or a petition requesting institution of an investigation seeking the prescription or division of joint rates or charges. 49 U.S.C. 107059,700.
(58) A petition for declaratory order:
(i) A petition for declaratory order involving a dispute over an existing rate or practice which is comparable to a complaint proceeding1,000.
(ii) All other petitions for declaratory order1,400.
(59) An application for shipper antitrust immunity. 49 U.S.C. 10706(a)(5)(A)7,700.
(60) Labor arbitration proceedings300.
(61) (i) An appeal of a Surface Transportation Board decision on the merits or petition to revoke an exemption pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 10502(d)300.
(ii) An appeal of a Surface Transportation Board decision on procedural matters except discovery rulings400.
(62) Motor carrier undercharge proceedings300.
(63) (i) Expedited relief for service inadequacies: A request for expedited relief under 49 U.S.C. 11123 and 49 CFR part 1146 for service emergency300.
(ii) Expedited relief for service inadequacies: A request for temporary relief under 49 U.S.C. 10705 and 11102, and 49 CFR part 1147 for service inadequacy300.
(64) A request for waiver or clarification of regulations except one filed in an abandonment or discontinuance proceeding, or in a major financial proceeding as defined at 49 CFR 1180.2(a)650.
(65)-(75) [Reserved]
PART VI: Informal Proceedings:
(76) An application for authority to establish released value rates or ratings for motor carriers and freight forwarders of household goods under 49 U.S.C. 147061,300.
(77) An application for special permission for short notice or the waiver of other tariff publishing requirements100.
(78) The filing of tariffs, including supplements, or contract summaries1 per page. (27 min. charge.)
(79) Special docket applications from rail and water carriers:
(i) Applications involving 25,000 or less75.
(ii) Applications involving over 25,000150.
(80) Informal complaint about rail rate applications650.
(81) Tariff reconciliation petitions from motor common carriers:
(i) Petitions involving 25,000 or less75.
(ii) Petitions involving over 25,000150.
(82) Request for a determination of the applicability or reasonableness of motor carrier rates under 49 U.S.C. 13710(a)(2) and (3)250.
(83) Filing of documents for recordation. 49 U.S.C. 11301 and 49 CFR 1177.3(c)45 per document.
(84) Informal opinions about rate applications (all modes)250.
(85) A railroad accounting interpretation1,200.
(86) (i) A request for an informal opinion not otherwise covered1,600.
(ii) A proposal to use on a voting trust agreement pursuant to 49 CFR 1013 and 49 CFR 1180.4(b)(4)(iv) in connection with a major control proceeding as defined at 49 CFR 1180.2(a)5,600.
(iii) A request for an informal opinion on a voting trust agreement pursuant to 49 CFR 1013.3(a) not otherwise covered550.
(87) Arbitration of Certain Disputes Subject to the Statutory Jurisdiction of the Surface Transportation Board under 49 CFR 1108:
(i) Complaint75.
(ii) Answer (per defendant), Unless Declining to Submit to Any Arbitration75.
(iii) Third Party Complaint75.
(iv) Third Party Answer (per defendant), Unless Declining to Submit to Any Arbitration75.
(v) Appeals of Arbitration Decisions or Petitions to Modify or Vacate an Arbitration Award150.
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(88) Basic fee for STB adjudicatory services not otherwise covered300.
(89)-(95) [Reserved]
PART VII: Services:
(96) Messenger delivery of decision to a railroad carrier's Washington, DC, agent35 per delivery.
(97) Request for service or pleading list for proceedings26 per list.
(98) Processing the paperwork related to a request for the Carload Waybill Sample to be used in an STB or State proceeding that:
(i) Annual request does not require a Federal Register notice:
(a) Set cost portion150.
(b) Sliding cost portion52 per party.
(ii) Annual request does require a FR notice:
(a) Set cost portion400.
(b) Sliding cost portion52 per party.
(iii) Quarterly request does not require a FR notice:
(a) Set cost portion44.
(b) Sliding cost portion13 per party.
(iv) Quarterly request does require a FR notice:
(a) Set cost portion225.
(b) Sliding cost portion13 per party.
(v) Monthly request does not require a FR notice:
(a) Set cost portion14.
(b) Sliding cost portion4 per party.
(vi) Monthly request does require a FR notice:
(a) Set cost portion180.
(b) Sliding cost portion4 per party.
(99) (i) Application fee for the STB's Practitioners' Exam200.
(ii) Practitioners' Exam Information Package25.
(100) Carload Waybill Sample data:
(i) Requests for Public Use File for all years prior to the most current year Carload Waybill Sample data available, provided on CD-R250 per year.
(ii) Specialized programming for Waybill requests to the Board116 per hour.
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[FR Doc. 2016-18295 Filed 8-1-16; 8:45 am]

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