House Approves STB Reauthorization, Goes to President

The House of Representatives today unanimously passed a bipartisan bill to reauthorize and reform the Surface Transportation Board (STB).

S. 808, the Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act of 2015, passed the Senate earlier this year by Unanimous Consent and approved today in the House by voice vote. The legislation now goes to the president.

“The STB plays an important role in ensuring a balanced, fair regulatory environment for both the railroads and its customers, but the agency hasn’t been reauthorized or reformed since it was created,” said U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Penn, chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. “This bill makes common sense improvements to increase the efficiency of the agency’s processes and decision-making, and ensures that the successful U.S. freight rail transportation system is not smothered by unnecessary regulatory burdens.”