San Pedro Railroad Operating Company, LLC-Abandonment Exemption-in Cochise County, AZ, 67213-67214 [05-22053]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 213 / Friday, November 4, 2005 / Notices ability to obtain realistic comparisons of the procurement methods employed. • Because procurements of buses and other rolling stock often extend to five years of requirements, many interested transit agencies may be obligated under the terms of existing multi-year contracts. A transit agency obligated under a current contract may wish to be involved in a pilot project’s out-years. For example, a transit agency obligated to buy buses under a current contract for two more years may wish to join the project for purchases effective in year three (assuming a five-year contract duration under a project). If a transit agency holds an existing option or other right to purchase buses in the future, participation in the CPPP might provide better pricing that would warrant a decision not to exercise the option. 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Program Evaluation and Reporting Following the award of the procurement contract(s) in each pilot project, FTA will evaluate the procurement process used and the results achieved in each project, and report the findings to Congress. FTA’s evaluation will be based on the cost savings compared to a standard procurement; the improvement in the efficiency of the procurement process; the ease of implementing the procurement methods; the decrease in managerial burden on the organizations involved; and the use of Internet-based software technology in developing specifications, aggregating equipment requirements with other transit agencies, and generating cooperative requests for proposal packages. FTA will use the results of this evaluation to formulate guidance for grantees on the use of cooperative procurement methods. Participating entities will be required to cooperate in the information gathering, reporting, and outreach processes. Issued on: November 1, 2005. Jennifer L. Dorn, Administrator. [FR Doc. 05–22058 Filed 11–3–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–57–M DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Surface Transportation Board [STB Docket No. AB–1081X] 1 San Pedro Railroad Operating Company, LLC—Abandonment Exemption—in Cochise County, AZ On October 17, 2005, San Pedro Railroad Operating Company, LLC 1 This filing is a resubmission of a petition for exemption previously filed on June 6, 2005, wherein SPROC sought authorization to abandon the above lines. See San Pedro Railroad Operating Company, LLC—Abandonment Exemption—in Cochise County, AZ, STB Docket No. AB–441 (SubNo. 4X). Notice of the filing was served and published in the Federal Register on June 24, 2005 E:\FR\FM\04NON1.SGM Continued 04NON1 67214 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 213 / Friday, November 4, 2005 / Notices (SPROC), a wholly owned subsidiary of Arizona Rail Group, filed with the Surface Transportation Board a petition 2 under 49 U.S.C. 10502 for exemption from the provisions of 49 U.S.C. 10903 to abandon approximately 76.2 miles of railroad in Cochise County, AZ, as follows: (1) The Bisbee Branch, between milepost 1085.0 at Bisbee Junction and milepost 1090.6 at Bisbee, a distance of 5.6 miles; and (2) the Douglas Branch (a) between milepost 1097.3 near Paul Spur and milepost 1106.5 near Douglas, a distance of 9.2 miles, (b) between milepost 1055.8 near Charleston and milepost 1097.3 near Paul Spur, a distance of 41.5 miles, and (c) between milepost 1040.15 near Curtiss and milepost 1055.8 near Charleston, a distance of 19.9 miles. The lines traverse U.S. Postal Service Zip Codes 85602, 85603, 85607, and 85615 and include no stations. The lines do not contain federally granted rights-of-way. Any documentation in SPROC’s possession will be made available promptly to those requesting it. The interest of railroad employees will be protected by the conditions set forth in Oregon Short Line R. Co.— Abandonment—Goshen, 360 I.C.C. 91 (1979). By issuance of this notice, the Board is instituting an exemption proceeding pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 10502(b). A final decision will be issued by February 3, 2006.3 Any offer of financial assistance (OFA) under 49 CFR 1152.27(b)(2) will be due no later than 10 days after service of a decision granting the petition for exemption. Each offer must be accompanied by a $1,200 filing fee. See 49 CFR 1002.2(f)(25). All interested persons should be aware that, following abandonment of rail service and salvage of the line, the line may be suitable for other public use, including interim trail use. Any request for a public use condition under 49 CFR 1152.28 or for trail use/rail banking under 49 CFR 1152.29 will be due no later than November 25, 2005. Each trail use request must be accompanied by a $200 filing fee. See 49 CFR 1002.2(f)(27). All filings in response to this notice must refer to STB Docket No. AB– (70 FR 36696–97). By decision served on September 15, 2005, the Board denied the petition without prejudice to SPROC’s filing an application or a properly supported petition for exemption under a new docket number. 2 SPROC concurrently filed a motion for a protective order. The motion was granted by decision served on October 26, 2005. 3 SPROC has requested that this proceeding be handled expeditiously. VerDate Aug<31>2005 22:35 Nov 03, 2005 Jkt 208001 1081X, and must be sent to: (1) Surface Transportation Board, 1925 K Street, NW., Washington, DC 20423–0001, and (2) John D. Heffner, 1920 N Street, NW., Suite 800, Washington, DC 20036. Replies to SPROC’s petition are due on or before November 25, 2005. Persons seeking further information concerning abandonment procedures may contact the Board’s Office of Public Services at (202) 565–1592 or refer to the full abandonment or discontinuance regulations at 49 CFR part 1152. Questions concerning environmental issues may be directed to the Board’s Section of Environmental Analysis (SEA) at (202) 565–1539. [Assistance for the hearing impaired is available through the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877–8339.] An environmental assessment (EA) (or environmental impact statement (EIS), if necessary) prepared by SEA will be served upon all parties of record and upon any agencies or other persons who commented during its preparation. Other interested persons may contact SEA to obtain a copy of the EA (or EIS). EAs in these abandonment proceedings normally will be made available within 60 days of the filing of the petition. The deadline for submission of comments on the EA will generally be within 30 days of its service. Board decisions and notices are available on our Web site at http:// www.stb.dot.gov. Decided: October 28, 2005. By the Board, Joseph H. Dettmar, Acting Director, Office of Proceedings. Vernon A. Williams, Secretary. 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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Surface Transportation Board

[STB Docket No. AB-1081X] \1\


San Pedro Railroad Operating Company, LLC--Abandonment 
Exemption--in Cochise County, AZ

    On October 17, 2005, San Pedro Railroad Operating Company, LLC

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(SPROC), a wholly owned subsidiary of Arizona Rail Group, filed with 
the Surface Transportation Board a petition \2\ under 49 U.S.C. 10502 
for exemption from the provisions of 49 U.S.C. 10903 to abandon 
approximately 76.2 miles of railroad in Cochise County, AZ, as follows: 
(1) The Bisbee Branch, between milepost 1085.0 at Bisbee Junction and 
milepost 1090.6 at Bisbee, a distance of 5.6 miles; and (2) the Douglas 
Branch (a) between milepost 1097.3 near Paul Spur and milepost 1106.5 
near Douglas, a distance of 9.2 miles, (b) between milepost 1055.8 near 
Charleston and milepost 1097.3 near Paul Spur, a distance of 41.5 
miles, and (c) between milepost 1040.15 near Curtiss and milepost 
1055.8 near Charleston, a distance of 19.9 miles. The lines traverse 
U.S. Postal Service Zip Codes 85602, 85603, 85607, and 85615 and 
include no stations.
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    \1\ This filing is a resubmission of a petition for exemption 
previously filed on June 6, 2005, wherein SPROC sought authorization 
to abandon the above lines. See San Pedro Railroad Operating 
Company, LLC--Abandonment Exemption--in Cochise County, AZ, STB 
Docket No. AB-441 (Sub-No. 4X). Notice of the filing was served and 
published in the Federal Register on June 24, 2005 (70 FR 36696-97). 
By decision served on September 15, 2005, the Board denied the 
petition without prejudice to SPROC's filing an application or a 
properly supported petition for exemption under a new docket number.
    \2\ SPROC concurrently filed a motion for a protective order. 
The motion was granted by decision served on October 26, 2005.
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    The lines do not contain federally granted rights-of-way. Any 
documentation in SPROC's possession will be made available promptly to 
those requesting it.
    The interest of railroad employees will be protected by the 
conditions set forth in Oregon Short Line R. Co.--Abandonment--Goshen, 
360 I.C.C. 91 (1979).
    By issuance of this notice, the Board is instituting an exemption 
proceeding pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 10502(b). A final decision will be 
issued by February 3, 2006.\3\
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    \3\ SPROC has requested that this proceeding be handled 
expeditiously.
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    Any offer of financial assistance (OFA) under 49 CFR 1152.27(b)(2) 
will be due no later than 10 days after service of a decision granting 
the petition for exemption. Each offer must be accompanied by a $1,200 
filing fee. See 49 CFR 1002.2(f)(25).
    All interested persons should be aware that, following abandonment 
of rail service and salvage of the line, the line may be suitable for 
other public use, including interim trail use. Any request for a public 
use condition under 49 CFR 1152.28 or for trail use/rail banking under 
49 CFR 1152.29 will be due no later than November 25, 2005. Each trail 
use request must be accompanied by a $200 filing fee. See 49 CFR 
1002.2(f)(27).
    All filings in response to this notice must refer to STB Docket No. 
AB-1081X, and must be sent to: (1) Surface Transportation Board, 1925 K 
Street, NW., Washington, DC 20423-0001, and (2) John D. Heffner, 1920 N 
Street, NW., Suite 800, Washington, DC 20036. Replies to SPROC's 
petition are due on or before November 25, 2005.
    Persons seeking further information concerning abandonment 
procedures may contact the Board's Office of Public Services at (202) 
565-1592 or refer to the full abandonment or discontinuance regulations 
at 49 CFR part 1152. Questions concerning environmental issues may be 
directed to the Board's Section of Environmental Analysis (SEA) at 
(202) 565-1539. [Assistance for the hearing impaired is available 
through the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-
8339.]
    An environmental assessment (EA) (or environmental impact statement 
(EIS), if necessary) prepared by SEA will be served upon all parties of 
record and upon any agencies or other persons who commented during its 
preparation. Other interested persons may contact SEA to obtain a copy 
of the EA (or EIS). EAs in these abandonment proceedings normally will 
be made available within 60 days of the filing of the petition. The 
deadline for submission of comments on the EA will generally be within 
30 days of its service.
    Board decisions and notices are available on our Web site at http:/
/www.stb.dot.gov.

    Decided: October 28, 2005.

    By the Board, Joseph H. Dettmar, Acting Director, Office of 
Proceedings.
Vernon A. Williams,
Secretary.
[FR Doc. 05-22053 Filed 11-3-05; 8:45 am]
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