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Sixty-day judicial review period for new merger rules expires without a filed petition, STB says


Surface Transportation Board Aug. 27 announced that no petitions for judicial review have been filed to challenge the board's new merger rules.

The rules — which were issued June 11 and became effective July 11 — require future rail applicants to prove that a major rail combination is consistent with the public interest, would enhance (and not just preserve) competition, and would fully address service impacts, including service-reliability plans.

Per U. S. Code, petitions for judicial review of STB decisions must be filed with a U.S. appellate court within 60 days of a decision's service date. No petitions for review of the rules were filed within the appropriate 60-day period ending Aug. 10.