This article is taken from USDA’s May 28, 2020 Grain Transportation Report:
On May 15, the Surface Transportation Board (STB) announced it will waive the general prohibition on ex parte (EP) communications between June 1, 2020, and July 15, 2020.
The suspension of the prohibition will permit informal discussions with stakeholders on STB’s proposed rule in EP 755, Final Offer Rate Review.
In September 2019, STB proposed a new procedure, known as “final offer rate review,” for challenging the reasonableness of railroad rates in smaller cases.
Grain and other agricultural shippers have long found STB’s current rate review procedures to be inaccessible, putting effective rate relief out of reach.
To schedule a meeting, which will be held via telephone or online conference, parties should contact STB’s Office of Public Assistance, Governmental Affairs, and Compliance at (202) 245-0238.