Union Pacific Railroad Company-Abandonment Exemption-in Imperial County, CA, 71887-71888 [05-23424]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 229 / Wednesday, November 30, 2005 / Notices tractor-trailer combinations for 38 years, accumulating 3 million miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Texas. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and one conviction—failure to use his seat belt properly—in a CMV. Robert A. Sherry Mr. Sherry, 48, has had amblyopia in his right eye since childhood. The best corrected visual acuity in his right eye is 20/400 and in the left, 20/15. His optometrist examined him in 2005 and noted ‘‘Uncorrected visual acuity meets criteria to operate a commercial vehicle.’’ Mr. Sherry reported that he has driven straight trucks for 5 years, accumulating 25,000 miles and tractortrailer combinations for 30 years, accumulating 1.95 million miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Pennsylvania. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes or convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Thomas E. Voyles, Jr. Mr. Voyles, 53, has had histoplasmosis retinitis in his left eye since 1999. The best corrected visual acuity in his right eye is 20/15 and in the left, count-finger-vision at 10 feet. His optometrist examined him in 2005 and noted ‘‘It is my opinion that Thomas E. Voyles, Jr. has adequate vision to safely operate a commercial motor vehicle.’’ Mr. Voyles reported that he has driven straight trucks for 30 years, accumulating 150,000 miles. He holds a Class M chauffer license from Indiana. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes or convictions for moving violations in a CMV. Issued on: November 21, 2005. Rose A. McMurray, Associate Administrator, Policy and Program Development. [FR Doc. 05–23490 Filed 11–29–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Maritime Administration Reports, Forms and Recordkeeping Requirements; Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review Maritime Administration, DOT. Notice and request for comments. 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[FR Doc. 05–23477 Filed 11–29–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–81–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Surface Transportation Board [STB Docket No. AB–33 (Sub–No. 228X)] Union Pacific Railroad Company— Abandonment Exemption—in Imperial County, CA Union Pacific Railroad Company (UP) has filed a notice of exemption under 49 CFR 1152 Subpart F—Exempt Abandonments to abandon segments of the Holtville Industrial Lead from milepost 711.90 near El Centro to milepost 703.26 at Holtville, and from milepost 702.72 to milepost 703.46 near Holtville, for a total distance of 9.38 miles, in Imperial County, CA.1 The line traverses United States Postal Service Zip Codes 92243, 92244, and 92250. UP has certified that: (1) No local traffic has moved over the line for at least 2 years; (2) there is no overhead traffic on the line; (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. 1 In 1995, Southern Pacific Transportation Company (SPT) was granted authority to discontinue rail service on the line. See Southern Pacific Transportation Company—Discontinuance of Service Exemption—in Imperial County, CA, Docket No. AB–12 (Sub-No. 157X) (ICC served Nov. 3, 1995). The line became a line of UP on February 1, 1998, when SPT was merged into UP pursuant to the Board’s decision in Union Pacific/Southern Pacific Merger, 1 S.T.B. 233 (1996). E:\FR\FM\30NON1.SGM 30NON1 71888 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 229 / Wednesday, November 30, 2005 / Notices Provided no formal expression of intent to file an offer of financial assistance (OFA) has been received, this exemption will be effective on December 30, 2005, unless stayed pending reconsideration. Petitions to stay that do not involve environmental issues,2 formal expressions of intent to file an OFA under 49 CFR 1152.27(c)(2),3 and trail use/rail banking requests under 49 CFR 1152.29 must be filed by December 9, 2005. Petitions to reopen or requests for public use conditions under 49 CFR 1152.28 must be filed by December 20, 2005, with the Surface Transportation Board, 1925 K Street, NW., Washington, DC 20423– 0001. A copy of any petition filed with the Board should be sent to UP’s representative: Mack H. Shumate, Jr., Senior General Attorney, 101 North Wacker Drive, Room 1920, Chicago, IL 60606. If the verified notice contains false or misleading information, the exemption is void ab initio. UP has filed a combined environmental report and historic report which addresses the effects, if any, of the abandonment on the environment and historic resources. SEA will issue an environmental assessment (EA) by December 5, 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), UP 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 UP’s filing of a notice of consummation by November 30, 2006, and there are no 2 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. 3 Each OFA must be accompanied by the filing fee, which currently is set at $1,200. See 49 CFR 1002.2(f)(25). VerDate Aug<31>2005 19:43 Nov 29, 2005 Jkt 208001 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: November 22, 2005. By the Board, David M. Konschnik, Director, Office of Proceedings. Vernon A. Williams, Secretary. [FR Doc. 05–23424 Filed 11–29–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4915–01–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION at any time. The filing of a petition to revoke will not automatically stay the transaction. An original and 10 copies of all pleadings, referring to STB Finance Docket No. 34777, must be filed with the Surface Transportation Board, 1925 K Street, NW., Washington, DC 20423– 0001. In addition, a copy of each pleading must be served on, Thomas F. McFarland, Thomas F. McFarland, P.C., 208 South LaSalle Street, Suite 1890, Chicago, IL 60604–1112. Board decisions and notices are available on our Web site at http:// www.stb.dot.gov. [STB Finance Docket No. 34777] Blackwell Northern Gateway Railroad Company—Change in Operators Exemption—Oklahoma Department of Transportation and Blackwell Industrial Authority Decided: November 22, 2005. By the Board, David M. Konschnik, Director, Office of Proceedings. Vernon A. Williams, Secretary. [FR Doc. E5–6678 Filed 11–29–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4915–01–P Surface Transportation Board Blackwell Northern Gateway Railroad Company (BNGR), a noncarrier, has filed a verified notice of exemption under 49 CFR 1150.31 to operate 35.26 miles of the rail line, owned by the State of Oklahoma by and through the Oklahoma Department of Transportation and Blackwell Industrial Authority. The rail line extends: (1) Between milepost 34.3 at Blackwell, OK, and milepost 18 + 1712.9 feet at the Oklahoma/Kansas State line near Hun Newell, KS; (2) between milepost 35 + 1848 feet, west of Blackwell, OK, and milepost 34.3 at Blackwell, OK; and (3) between milepost 18 + 1712.9 feet at the Oklahoma/Kansas State line near Hun Newell, KS, and milepost 0 + 466.3 feet, at Wellington, KS. BNGR will replace Blackwell & Northern Railway Company, which has been operating over the line, and will become a class III rail carrier.1 BNGR certifies that its projected revenues as a result of this transaction will not exceed those that would quality it as a Class III carrier and that such revenues would not exceed $5 million. The transaction was scheduled to be consummated no earlier than November 7, 2005, the effective date of the exemption (7 days after the exemption was filed). If the verified notice contains false or misleading information, the exemption is void ab initio. Petitions to reopen the proceeding to revoke the exemption under 49 U.S.C. 10502(d) may be filed 1 See Blackwell & Northern Railway Company, Inc.—Operation Exemption—Oklahoma Department of Transportation and Blackwell Industrial Authority, STB Finance Docket No. 34265 (STB served Nov. 4, 2002). PO 00000 Frm 00089 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 U.S.-CHINA ECONOMIC AND SECURITY REVIEW COMMISSION Notice of Open Public Hearing U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. ACTION: Notice of open public hearing. AGENCY: SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given of the following hearing of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. Name: C. Richard D’Amato, Chairman of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. The Commission is mandated by Congress to investigate, assess, evaluate and report to Congress annually on ‘‘the national security implications of the bilateral trade and economic relationship between the United States and the People’s Republic of China.’’ Pursuant to this mandate, the Commission will be holding a public hearing in Washington, DC on December 8, 2005. Background This event is the first in a series of public hearings the Commission will hold during its 2005–2006 report cycle to collect input from leading experts in academia, business, industry, government and the public on the impact of U.S-China trade and economic relations. The December 8 hearing is being conducted to secure commentary about issues connected to the Hong Kong Ministerial Conference of the Doha Round of the World Trade Organization’s trade expansion negotiations that will occur on December 13–18, 2005. Information on E:\FR\FM\30NON1.SGM 30NON1

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[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 229 (Wednesday, November 30, 2005)]
[Notices]
[Pages 71887-71888]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Surface Transportation Board

[STB Docket No. AB-33 (Sub-No. 228X)]


Union Pacific Railroad Company--Abandonment Exemption--in 
Imperial County, CA

    Union Pacific Railroad Company (UP) has filed a notice of exemption 
under 49 CFR 1152 Subpart F--Exempt Abandonments to abandon segments of 
the Holtville Industrial Lead from milepost 711.90 near El Centro to 
milepost 703.26 at Holtville, and from milepost 702.72 to milepost 
703.46 near Holtville, for a total distance of 9.38 miles, in Imperial 
County, CA.\1\ The line traverses United States Postal Service Zip 
Codes 92243, 92244, and 92250.
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    \1\ In 1995, Southern Pacific Transportation Company (SPT) was 
granted authority to discontinue rail service on the line. See 
Southern Pacific Transportation Company--Discontinuance of Service 
Exemption--in Imperial County, CA, Docket No. AB-12 (Sub-No. 157X) 
(ICC served Nov. 3, 1995). The line became a line of UP on February 
1, 1998, when SPT was merged into UP pursuant to the Board's 
decision in Union Pacific/Southern Pacific Merger, 1 S.T.B. 233 
(1996).
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    UP has certified that: (1) No local traffic has moved over the line 
for at least 2 years; (2) there is no overhead traffic on the line; (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.

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    Provided no formal expression of intent to file an offer of 
financial assistance (OFA) has been received, this exemption will be 
effective on December 30, 2005, unless stayed pending reconsideration. 
Petitions to stay that do not involve environmental issues,\2\ formal 
expressions of intent to file an OFA under 49 CFR 1152.27(c)(2),\3\ and 
trail use/rail banking requests under 49 CFR 1152.29 must be filed by 
December 9, 2005. Petitions to reopen or requests for public use 
conditions under 49 CFR 1152.28 must be filed by December 20, 2005, 
with the Surface Transportation Board, 1925 K Street, NW., Washington, 
DC 20423-0001.
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    \2\ 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.
    \3\ Each OFA must be accompanied by the filing fee, which 
currently is set at $1,200. See 49 CFR 1002.2(f)(25).
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    A copy of any petition filed with the Board should be sent to UP's 
representative: Mack H. Shumate, Jr., Senior General Attorney, 101 
North Wacker Drive, Room 1920, Chicago, IL 60606.
    If the verified notice contains false or misleading information, 
the exemption is void ab initio.
    UP has filed a combined environmental report and historic report 
which addresses the effects, if any, of the abandonment on the 
environment and historic resources. SEA will issue an environmental 
assessment (EA) by December 5, 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), UP 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 UP's filing of a notice of consummation by 
November 30, 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: November 22, 2005.

    By the Board, David M. Konschnik, Director, Office of 
Proceedings.
Vernon A. Williams,
Secretary.
[FR Doc. 05-23424 Filed 11-29-05; 8:45 am]
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