Formal adjudication scheme to resolve disputes relating to rate, service, restructuring, financial, and/or operational matters in three general areas: rail; motor and water; and pipelines. (See 49 CFR Parts 1111 - 1114). While the Board adjudicates a variety of matters, rail-related cases comprise most of the Board's caseload. Matters adjudicated are often highly technical and complex, involving detailed economic and rate analyses. Many (and, perhaps, most) matters come to the Board through applications by private parties for requisite applications or exemptions, by complaints filed by the general public. The Board also initiates some matters through its own investigation, though the Board is not primarily an enforcement agency. The Board has an extensive ADR program.
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