WASHINGTON — The Surface Transportation Board has denied the Association of American Railroads’ request to extend the schedule for consideration of its proposed reciprocal switching regulations, meaning a hearing on the subject remains set for March 15.
The AAR had asked for a 75-day continuance of the schedule, or, as an alternative, moving the deadline for written comments and testimony from Feb. 14 to March 7, and allowing additional written comments “within a reasonable time” following the hearing.
In its Friday ruling, the board said “the amount of notice and time for preparation provided was sufficient,” and that it would deny both the 75-day extension and the new deadline for comments. The board said it would decide on the request for an additional comment period following the March hearing. The board notice with details on that hearing is available here.