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STB RIN: 2140-AB14 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: Review of the General Purpose Costing System, Docket No. EP 431 (Sub-No. 4) 

The Board proposed certain changes to its general purpose costing system, the Uniform Railroad Costing System (URCS). Specifically, the Board proposed to adjust how URCS calculates certain system-average unit costs in Phase II, thereby obviating the need for URCS to apply a separate make-whole adjustment in Phase III. The Board also proposed other related changes to URCS that would result in more accurate movement costs, as well as changes to two of its reporting requirements that would help to support the proposed changes. In a Supplemental NPRM, the Board revised its proposal to eliminate the make-whole adjustment and other step functions by modifying certain URCS inputs and cost calculations.

Agency: Surface Transportation Board(STB)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 49 CFR 1247    49 CFR 1248   
Legal Authority: 5 U.S.C. 605(b)    49 U.S.C. 1321    49 U.S.C. 10707    49 U.S.C. 11144    49 U.S.C. 11145   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  02/04/2013  78 FR 7718   
NPRM Comment Period End  06/20/2013 
NPRM Reply Period End  09/05/2013 
Supplemental NPRM  08/10/2016  81 FR 52784   
Supplemental Comment Period End  10/11/2016 
Supplemental Reply Comment Period End  11/07/2016 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL:   Public Comment URL:  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Allison Davis
Branch Chief, Office of Proceedings
Surface Transportation Board
395 E Street SW,
Washington, DC 20423-0001
Phone:202 245-0378
Fax:202 245-0464

Michael J. Boyles
Section Chief, Applied Economics and Special Studies, Office of Economics
Surface Transportation Board
395 E Street, SW,
Washington, DC 20423-0001
Phone:202 245-0336
TDD Phone:800 877-8339