[Federal Register Volume 72, Number 166 (Tuesday, August 28, 2007)]
[Notices]
[Pages 49347-49348]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E7-16967]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION


Surface Transportation Board

Indexing the Annual Operating Revenues of Railroads

    This Notice sets forth the annual inflation adjusting index numbers 
which are used to adjust gross annual operating revenues of railroads 
for classification purposes. This indexing methodology will insure that 
regulated carriers are classified based on real business expansion and 
not from the effects of inflation. Classification is important because 
it determines the extent of reporting for each carrier.
    The railroad's inflation factors are based on the annual average 
Railroad's Freight Price Index. This index is developed by the Bureau 
of Labor Statistics (BLS). This index will be used to deflate revenues 
for comparison with established revenue thresholds.
    The base year for railroads is 1991. The inflation index factors 
are presented as follows:

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                         Railroad Freight Index
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                       Year                           Index     Deflator
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1991..............................................     409.50        \1\
                                                                  100.00
1992..............................................     411.80      99.45
1993..............................................     415.50      98.55
1994..............................................     418.80      97.70
1995..............................................     418.17      97.85
1996..............................................     417.46      98.02
1997..............................................     419.67      97.50
1998..............................................     424.54      96.38
1999..............................................     423.01      96.72
2000..............................................     428.64      95.45
2001..............................................     436.48      93.73
2002..............................................     445.03      91.92
2003..............................................     454.33      90.03
2004..............................................     473.41      86.40
2005..............................................     522.41      78.29
2006..............................................     567.34      72.09
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EFFECTIVE DATE: January 1, 2006.
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    \1\ Ex Parte No. 492, Montana Rail Link, Inc., and Wisconsin 
Central Ltd., Joint Petition for Rulemaking With Respect to 49 CFR 
1201, 8 I.C.C. 2d 625 (1992), raised the revenue classification 
level for Class I railroads from $50 million to $250 million (1991 
dollars), effective for the reporting year beginning January 1, 
1992. The Class II threshold was also revised to reflect a rebasing 
from $10 million (1978 dollars) to $20 million (1991 dollars).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Scott Decker (202) 245-0330. [Federal 
Information Relay Service (FIRS) for the hearing impaired: 1-800-877-
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    By the Board, Leland L. Gardner, Director, Office of Economics, 
Environmental Analysis, and Administration.
Vernon A. Williams,
Secretary.
[FR Doc. E7-16967 Filed 8-27-07; 8:45 am]
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