Portland & Western Railroad, Inc.-Abandonment Exemption-in Washington County, OR, 10741 [05-4107]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 42 / Friday, March 4, 2005 / Notices Title of Information Collection: River Operations Study (ROS)—Recreation User Data. Frequency of Use: Annually for a period of five years. Type of Affected Public: Individual recreation users at public and commercial recreation areas and recreation users from private water front homes. Small Businesses or Organizations Affected: Yes. Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 2,500–3,000. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 1,250–1,500. Estimated Average Burden Hours Per Response: 0.5 hours. Need For and Use of Information: As part of system wide re-evaluation of TVA reservoirs and tailwaters TVA conducted a survey of recreation use on 13 representative reservoirs and 6 representative tailwaters during calendar year 2002. Recreation use estimates were made for public use areas, commercial marinas, river outfitters, and private home owners.. In each case, information was collected on the amount of recreation use, length of stay, facility preference, trip origin, expenditures and economic impact. These data now form the foundation for a TVA reservoir and tailwater recreation database—the first systemwide estimates on recreation use in the Valley collected since 1978. TVA recognizes the value of this database and proposes to keep it up-to-date and, improving its utility by refining the survey design and conducting additional surveys of recreational use on representative reservoirs and tailwaters. Jacklyn J. Stephenson, Senior Manager, Enterprise Operations, Information Services. [FR Doc. 05–4245 Filed 3–3–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8120–08–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Surface Transportation Board P&W has certified that: (1) No local traffic has moved over the line for at least 2 years; (2) overhead traffic, if any, could be rerouted over other lines; (3) no formal complaint filed by a user of rail service on the line (or by a state or local government entity acting on behalf of such user) regarding cessation of service over the line either is pending with the Surface Transportation Board or with any U.S. District Court or has been decided in favor of complainant within the 2-year period; and (4) the requirements at 49 CFR 1105.7 (environmental reports), 49 CFR 1105.8 (historic reports), 49 CFR 1105.11 (transmittal letter), 49 CFR 1105.12 (newspaper publication), and 49 CFR 1152.50(d)(1) (notice to governmental agencies) have been met. As a condition to this exemption, any employee adversely affected by the abandonment shall be protected under Oregon Short Line R. Co.— Abandonment—Goshen, 360 I.C.C. 91 (1979). To address whether this condition adequately protects affected employees, a petition for partial revocation under 49 U.S.C. 10502(d) must be filed. Provided no formal expression of intent to file an offer of financial assistance (OFA) has been received, this exemption will be effective on April 5, 2005, unless stayed pending reconsideration. Petitions to stay that do not involve environmental issues,1 formal expressions of intent to file an OFA under 49 CFR 1152.27(c)(2),2 and trail use/rail banking requests under 49 CFR 1152.29 must be filed by March 14, 2005. Petitions to reopen or requests for public use conditions under 49 CFR 1152.28 must be filed by March 24, 2005, with: Surface Transportation Board, 1925 K Street, NW., Washington, DC 20423–0001. A copy of any petition filed with the Board should be sent to P&W’s representative: Eric M. Hocky, Esq., Gollatz, Griffin & Ewing, P.C., Four Penn Center, Suite 200, 1600 JFK Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19103. [STB Docket No. AB–541 (Sub-No. 1X)] Portland & Western Railroad, Inc.— Abandonment Exemption—in Washington County, OR Portland & Western Railroad, Inc. (P&W), has filed a notice of exemption under 49 CFR 1152 Subpart F—Exempt Abandonments to abandon a portion of its line of railroad that extends from milepost 17.10 to milepost 20.05, near the City of Hillsboro, in Washington County, OR. The line traverses United States Postal Service Zip Code 97124. VerDate jul<14>2003 20:07 Mar 03, 2005 Jkt 205001 1 The Board will grant a stay if an informed decision on environmental issues (whether raised by a party or by the Board’s Section of Environmental Analysis (SEA) in its independent investigation) cannot be made before the exemption’s effective date. See Exemption of Outof-Service Rail Lines, 5 I.C.C.2d 377 (1989). Any request for a stay should be filed as soon as possible so that the Board may take appropriate action before the exemption’s effective date. 2 Effective October 31, 2004, the filing fee for an OFA increased to $1,200. See Regulations Governing Fees for Services Performed in Connection with Licensing and Related Services— 2004 Update, STB Ex Parte No. 542 (Sub-No. 11) (STB served Oct. 1, 2004). PO 00000 Frm 00151 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 10741 If the verified notice contains false or misleading information, the exemption is void ab initio. P&W has filed environmental and historic reports which address the effects, if any, of the abandonment on the environment and historic resources. SEA will issue an environmental assessment (EA) by March 11, 2005. Interested persons may obtain a copy of the EA by writing to SEA (Room 500, Surface Transportation Board, Washington, DC 20423–0001) or by calling SEA, at (202) 565–1539. [Assistance for the hearing impaired is available through the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1– 800–877–8339.] Comments on environmental and historic preservation matters must be filed within 15 days after the EA becomes available to the public. Environmental, historic preservation, public use, or trail use/rail banking conditions will be imposed, where appropriate, in a subsequent decision. Pursuant to the provisions of 49 CFR 1152.29(e)(2), P&W shall file a notice of consummation with the Board to signify that it has exercised the authority granted and fully abandoned the line. If consummation has not been effected by P&W’s filing of a notice of consummation by March 4, 2006, and there are no legal or regulatory barriers to consummation, the authority to abandon will automatically expire. Board decisions and notices are available on our Web site at http:// www.stb.dot.gov. Decided: February 25, 2005. By the Board, David M. Konschnik, Director, Office of Proceedings. Vernon A. Williams, Secretary. [FR Doc. 05–4107 Filed 3–3–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4915–01–P DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Public Meeting of the President’s Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform Department of the Treasury. Notice of meeting. AGENCY: ACTION: SUMMARY: This notice advises all interested persons of the location of the March 8, 2005, public meeting of the President’s Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform. This meeting was previously announced in 70 FR 8875 (February 23, 2005). DATES: The meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 8, 2005, in Tampa, Florida, and will begin at 9:30 a.m. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at SAGO Networks, 4465 W. Gandy Blvd., E:\FR\FM\04MRN1.SGM 04MRN1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Surface Transportation Board

[STB Docket No. AB-541 (Sub-No. 1X)]


Portland & Western Railroad, Inc.--Abandonment Exemption--in 
Washington County, OR

    Portland & Western Railroad, Inc. (P&W), has filed a notice of 
exemption under 49 CFR 1152 Subpart F--Exempt Abandonments to abandon a 
portion of its line of railroad that extends from milepost 17.10 to 
milepost 20.05, near the City of Hillsboro, in Washington County, OR. 
The line traverses United States Postal Service Zip Code 97124.
    P&W has certified that: (1) No local traffic has moved over the 
line for at least 2 years; (2) overhead traffic, if any, could be 
rerouted over other lines; (3) no formal complaint filed by a user of 
rail service on the line (or by a state or local government entity 
acting on behalf of such user) regarding cessation of service over the 
line either is pending with the Surface Transportation Board or with 
any U.S. District Court or has been decided in favor of complainant 
within the 2-year period; and (4) the requirements at 49 CFR 1105.7 
(environmental reports), 49 CFR 1105.8 (historic reports), 49 CFR 
1105.11 (transmittal letter), 49 CFR 1105.12 (newspaper publication), 
and 49 CFR 1152.50(d)(1) (notice to governmental agencies) have been 
met.
    As a condition to this exemption, any employee adversely affected 
by the abandonment shall be protected under Oregon Short Line R. Co.--
Abandonment--Goshen, 360 I.C.C. 91 (1979). To address whether this 
condition adequately protects affected employees, a petition for 
partial revocation under 49 U.S.C. 10502(d) must be filed.
    Provided no formal expression of intent to file an offer of 
financial assistance (OFA) has been received, this exemption will be 
effective on April 5, 2005, unless stayed pending reconsideration. 
Petitions to stay that do not involve environmental issues,\1\ formal 
expressions of intent to file an OFA under 49 CFR 1152.27(c)(2),\2\ and 
trail use/rail banking requests under 49 CFR 1152.29 must be filed by 
March 14, 2005. Petitions to reopen or requests for public use 
conditions under 49 CFR 1152.28 must be filed by March 24, 2005, with: 
Surface Transportation Board, 1925 K Street, NW., Washington, DC 20423-
0001.
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    \1\ The Board will grant a stay if an informed decision on 
environmental issues (whether raised by a party or by the Board's 
Section of Environmental Analysis (SEA) in its independent 
investigation) cannot be made before the exemption's effective date. 
See Exemption of Out-of-Service Rail Lines, 5 I.C.C.2d 377 (1989). 
Any request for a stay should be filed as soon as possible so that 
the Board may take appropriate action before the exemption's 
effective date.
    \2\ Effective October 31, 2004, the filing fee for an OFA 
increased to $1,200. See Regulations Governing Fees for Services 
Performed in Connection with Licensing and Related Services--2004 
Update, STB Ex Parte No. 542 (Sub-No. 11) (STB served Oct. 1, 2004).
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    A copy of any petition filed with the Board should be sent to P&W's 
representative: Eric M. Hocky, Esq., Gollatz, Griffin & Ewing, P.C., 
Four Penn Center, Suite 200, 1600 JFK Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19103.
    If the verified notice contains false or misleading information, 
the exemption is void ab initio.
    P&W has filed environmental and historic reports which address the 
effects, if any, of the abandonment on the environment and historic 
resources. SEA will issue an environmental assessment (EA) by March 11, 
2005. Interested persons may obtain a copy of the EA by writing to SEA 
(Room 500, Surface Transportation Board, Washington, DC 20423-0001) or 
by calling SEA, at (202) 565-1539. [Assistance for the hearing impaired 
is available through the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-
800-877-8339.] Comments on environmental and historic preservation 
matters must be filed within 15 days after the EA becomes available to 
the public.
    Environmental, historic preservation, public use, or trail use/rail 
banking conditions will be imposed, where appropriate, in a subsequent 
decision.
    Pursuant to the provisions of 49 CFR 1152.29(e)(2), P&W shall file 
a notice of consummation with the Board to signify that it has 
exercised the authority granted and fully abandoned the line. If 
consummation has not been effected by P&W's filing of a notice of 
consummation by March 4, 2006, and there are no legal or regulatory 
barriers to consummation, the authority to abandon will automatically 
expire.
    Board decisions and notices are available on our Web site at http:/
/www.stb.dot.gov.

    Decided: February 25, 2005.

    By the Board, David M. Konschnik, Director, Office of 
Proceedings.
Vernon A. Williams,
Secretary.
[FR Doc. 05-4107 Filed 3-3-05; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4915-01-P