I forget if I’ve seen this before or not. But, posted to the docket is a letter from the USDOT to the attorneys for the Southwestern Counties petitioning to be moved to the Eastern Time Zone. If I had seen it, I hadn’t read it in great detail. It looks like the USDOT is doing far more homework on this request than on the original round of requests. And, it appears to be fact checking. For example, where the USDOT was provided with apparently erroneous information about a Jasper, IN Wal-Mart hours and they want the Petitioning Counties to verify the hours and give them the name of the person they’re using for a source. Throughout, the USDOT seems very interested in getting names and contact information for the sources of information. There is another passage where the USDOT points out that the data cited for employees commuting to and from the petitioning area do not support the petition’s assertion that these figures support a shift from Central to Eastern.
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