On May 21, 2015 the Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act of 2015 was placed on the Senate Legislative calendar under General Orders.
If enacted, this will reauthorize the STB through 2020. This legislation will remove the STB from the Department of Transportation, expand the number of board members to five to allow for non-public discussions, give the board limited authority to initiate investigations (currently may only respond to complaints filed), and will set timelines for SAC cases. In addition, the STB will start a study of large rate case methodologies to include rate bundling which precludes many shippers from challenging only rates that they deem unreasonable. All shippers should be interested in the changes that will take place if this moves forward.