49 U.S. Code § 10701 - Standards for rates, classifications, through routes, rules, and practices
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(a) A through route established by a rail carrier must be reasonable. Divisions of joint rates by rail carriers must be made without unreasonable discrimination against a participating carrier and must be reasonable.
(b) A rail carrier providing transportation subject to the jurisdiction of the Board under this part may not discriminate in its rates against a connecting line of another rail carrier providing transportation subject to the jurisdiction of the Board under this part or unreasonably discriminate against that line in the distribution of traffic that is not routed specifically by the shipper.
(c) Except as provided in subsection (d) of this section and unless a rate is prohibited by a provision of this part, a rail carrier providing transportation subject to the jurisdiction of the Board under this part may establish any rate for transportation or other service provided by the rail carrier.
(1) If the Board determines, under section 10707 of this title, that a rail carrier has market dominance over the transportation to which a particular rate applies, the rate established by such carrier for such transportation must be reasonable.
(2) In determining whether a rate established by a rail carrier is reasonable for purposes of this section, the Board shall give due consideration to—
(A) the amount of traffic which is transported at revenues which do not contribute to going concern value and the efforts made to minimize such traffic;
(B) the amount of traffic which contributes only marginally to fixed costs and the extent to which, if any, rates on such traffic can be changed to maximize the revenues from such traffic; and
(C) the carrier’s mix of rail traffic to determine whether one commodity is paying an unreasonable share of the carrier’s overall revenues,
(3) The Board shall, within one year after January 1, 1996, complete the pending Interstate Commerce Commission non-coal rate guidelines proceeding to establish a simplified and expedited method for determining the reasonableness of challenged rail rates in those cases in which a full stand-alone cost presentation is too costly, given the value of the case.
Source(Added Pub. L. 104–88, title I, § 102(a),Dec. 29, 1995, 109 Stat. 809; amended Pub. L. 104–287, § 5(22),Oct. 11, 1996, 110 Stat. 3390.)
Prior sections 10701 and 10701a were omitted in the general amendment of this subtitle by Pub. L. 104–88, § 102(a).
Section 10701,Pub. L. 95–473, Oct. 17, 1978, 92 Stat. 1371; Pub. L. 96–296, § 13(a),July 1, 1980, 94 Stat. 803; Pub. L. 96–448, title II, § 201(b)(1), (2),Oct. 14, 1980, 94 Stat. 1899, 1900; Pub. L. 97–261, § 9(a),Sept. 20, 1982, 96 Stat. 1109; Pub. L. 103–180, § 2(a), (b), (g),Dec. 3, 1993, 107 Stat. 2044, 2047, 2049, related to standards for rates, classifications, through routes, rules, and practices. See sections 10701, 13701, 13709, and 15501 of this title.
Section 10701a, added Pub. L. 96–448, title II, § 201(a),Oct. 14, 1980, 94 Stat. 1898; amended Pub. L. 103–272, § 4(j)(19),July 5, 1994, 108 Stat. 1369, related to standards for rates for rail carriers. See section 10701 of this title.
1996—Subsec. (d)(3). Pub. L. 104–287substituted “January 1, 1996” for “the effective date of this paragraph”.
Chapter effective Jan. 1, 1996, except as otherwise provided in Pub. L. 104–88, see section 2 ofPub. L. 104–88, set out as a note under section 701 of this title.
Abolition of Interstate Commerce Commission