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Surface Transportation Board

395 E Street SW., Washington, DC 20423

202-245-0245 | Email:


CHAIRMartin J. Oberman
Vice ChairRobert E. Primus

MembersAnn D. Begeman
Patrick J. Fuchs
Michelle A. Schultz


EconomicsWilliam J. Brennan
Environmental AnalysisDanielle Gosselin, Acting
ManagementRachel D. Campbell
ProceedingsScott Zimmerman, Acting
Public Assistance, Governmental Affairs, and ComplianceMichael Higgins, Acting
Jannie Sheng, Acting

Chief EconomistWilliam J. Brennan
Equal Employment OpportunityCamella Woodham
General CounselCraig Keats

The Surface Transportation Board adjudicates and resolves railroad rate and service disputes and reviews proposals for railroad mergers.

The Surface Transportation Board (STB) is the successor agency to the Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC), which was created in 1887. The ICC Termination Act of 1995 established the STB as an independent adjudicatory body within the Department of Transportation. It remained administratively aligned with the Department for nearly two decades. On December 18, 2015, the Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act of 2015 established the STB as a wholly independent Federal agency (49 USC 1301 et seq.).

The STB comprises five members, whom the President appoints and the Senate confirms for 5-year terms. The President also designates one of the members to serve as the Board's chair.

The STB posts its organizational chart at the bottom of the "Offices" web page.


The STB adjudicates disputes and regulates interstate surface transportation through various laws governing the different modes of surface transportation. Its general responsibilities include the oversight of firms engaged in interstate and foreign commercial transportation—to the extent that it takes place within the United States, or between or among points in the contiguous United States and points in Alaska, Hawaii, or U.S. Territories or possessions. The STB’s jurisdiction generally extends over railroad rate and service issues, rail restructuring transactions, including mergers and line abandonments, construction, and sales, and labor matters related thereto; some moving van, trucking, and noncontiguous ocean shipping company rate matters; some intercity passenger bus company financial, operational, and structural matters; and pipeline matters that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission does not regulate.

The STB promotes substantive and procedural regulatory reform, provides a forum for the resolution of disputes, and facilitates appropriate market-based business transactions. Through rulemakings and case disposition, it develops improved and efficient ways of analyzing problems, reducing costs associated with regulatory oversight, and encouraging private sector negotiations and resolutions.

Sources of Information

Administrative Issuances

The STB posts administrative issuances that may apply to or affect the public.

Agricultural Contracts

Rail carriers must file a summary of each contract entered into for the transportation of agricultural products. Beginning with the first quarter of 2008, filed contract summaries are available on the STB's website in Portable Document Format (PDF) and grouped by railroad. | Email:

Archived Records

The "Guide to Federal Records in the National Archives of the United States" indicates that Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC) records have been assigned to record group 134. The ICC's successor agency is the STB.

Career Opportunities

The STB maintains an employment web page.

In 2020, the STB ranked 13th among 29 small Government agencies in the Partnership for Public Service's Best Places To Work Agency Rankings.

Contact Information

The STB's address is 395 E Street SW., Washington, DC 20423. Phone, 202-245-0245. TTY, 800-877-8339.


Environmental Comments

Correspondence and documents that the Office of Environmental Analysis has issued and comments that are part of environmental reviews are accessible online.

Federal Register

Significant documents and documents that the STB recently published in the Federal Register are accessible online.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

The FOIA provides that a person may request access to Federal agency records or information. The STB must disclose records that any person properly requests in writing. Pursuant, however, to one or more of nine exemptions and three exclusions that the Act contains, a Federal agency may withhold certain records or parts of them. The FOIA applies only to Federal agencies and does not create a right of access to records held by the U.S. Congress, the courts, State or local government agencies, and private entities. | Email:


The STB website has a glossary of terms associated with environmental issues.

Historic Preservation

The National Environmental Policy and National Historic Preservation Acts and other Federal environmental laws require the STB to consider the impact of its licensing decisions on historic properties. The Office of Environmental Analysis develops guidance that clarifies the STB's historic preservation review requirements and posts it on the STB's website.


The "Railroad Map Depot" web page has links to railroad maps. The railroad map information is based on publicly available maps and data that government agencies, railroads, and other stakeholders produce.

Moving Companies

A moving company is responsible if it loses or damages a customer’s household possessions during the move. The customer may file a claim with the mover to request financial compensation for the loss or damage. If the moving company denies the claim—in whole or in part—the customer may need to file a lawsuit or pursue arbitration to obtain compensation. In this type of situation, the customer may need to hire an attorney.


The STB posts press releases online.

Open Government

The STB supports the three principles of Open Government: collaboration, participation, and transparency.

Performance / Accountability

Starting with the year 2016, the STB posts these annual reports on its "Strategic Plan and Performance & Accountability Reports" web page.

Rail Customer and Public Assistance

The Rail Customer and Public Assistance Program handles questions on rates and other charges, railroad-car supply and service issues, claims for damage, interchange issues, employee complaints, and community concerns.

Reports / Data

Information on the economic data, service data, and other materials that the STB collects or prepares is posted online.