Tuesday, March 31, 2009

TSA Extension Request Granted

On March 25th, the Surface Transportation Board published a ‘decision’ on Docket # FD 355219, the Union Pacific petition for a declaratory order. Actually the decision was on the TSA request for an extension of the time to file comments. The STB granted the TSA request for an extension of the time limit until April 10th. This also necessitated a change to the date by which UP must file any replies or rebuttals to comments submitted on the docket; that date was delayed until April 30th. The delay in my reporting this is due to the fact that I just found where STB posts their decisions on their web site. Needless to say it is in a different place than where they post the filings. Once I figured the site out it seems logically organized. This is one of the problems with the thousands of different government web sites. There is no common structure to the organization of the sites. A visitor has to spend a significant amount of time trying to figure out the logic of the organization for that site. In any case, there is now an additional 10 days for us to follow possible submissions to this docket. We are expecting to see a TSA reply and an FRA reply. There is no telling who else might put their two-cents worth in (actually I guess it would be fourty-three cents worth now).

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