Notice and Request for Comments, 66363-66364 [E6-19180]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 219 / Tuesday, November 14, 2006 / Notices under the National Trails System Act, 16 U.S.C 1247(d); or to acquire the line for another public purpose under 49 U.S.C. 10905. Deadline: Comments on this information collection should be submitted by December 14, 2006. ADDRESSES: Comments should be in writing and directed to the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attention: Surface Transportation Board Desk Officer, Room 10235, 725 17th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20503, or to Alexander_T._Hunt@omb.eop.gov. Comments should be identified as ‘‘Paperwork Reduction Act Comments, Surface Transportation Board, Maps Submitted in Abandonment Proceedings, OMB Control Number 2140–0008.’’ FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: A copy of the regulations pertaining to this information collection may be obtained by contacting Barbara G. Saddler at (202) 565–1656 or saddlerb@stb.dot.gov. These rules can also be found on the Board’s Web site at http:// www.stb.dot.gov by searching under ‘‘ELibrary,’’ and then ‘‘Research Aids.’’ SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the PRA, a Federal agency conducting or sponsoring a collection of information must display a currently valid OMB Description of Collection control number. Collection of Title: Maps Required in Abandonment information, which is defined in 44 U.S.C. 3502(3) and 5 CFR 1320.3(c), Exemption Proceedings. includes agency requirements that OMB Control Number: 2140–0008. persons submit reports, keep records, or Form Number: None. provide information to the agency, third Type of Review: Extension without parties, or the public. Section 3507(b) of change. Respondents: Railroads initiating the PRA requires, concurrent with an abandonment exemption proceedings. agency’s submitting a collection to OMB Number of Respondents: 91. for approval, a 30-day notice and Estimated Time Per Response: 1 hour, comment period through publication in based on average time reported in the Federal Register concerning each informal survey of respondents proposed collection of information, conducted in 2003. including each proposed extension of an Frequency of Response: 1. existing collection of information. Total Annual Burden Hours: 91. Dated: November 14, 2006. Total Annual ‘‘Non-Hour Burden’’ Vernon A. Williams, Cost: None has been identified. Secretary. Needs and Uses: Under 49 CFR 1152.50(d)(2) and 1152.60(b), the Board [FR Doc. E6–19179 Filed 11–13–06; 8:45 am] requires in each abandonment BILLING CODE 4915–01–P exemption proceeding a detailed map of the rail line, depicting the line’s relation DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION to other rail lines, roads, water routes, and population centers. The Board uses Surface Transportation Board this information to determine the scope and the impact of the proposed Notice and Request for Comments abandonment. In addition, this information is posted on the Board’s ACTION: 30-Day Notice of Information Web site and serves as a form of notice Collection Under Review: System to current and/or potential shippers, Diagram Maps. and to persons who might want either to continue rail service under 49 U.S.C. SUMMARY: The Surface Transportation 10904; to acquire the line as a trail Board (Board), as part of its continuing sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES effort to reduce paperwork burdens, and as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq. (PRA), has submitted a request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for an extension of approval for the currently approved collection of maps in abandonment exemption proceedings. The Board previously published a notice about these collections in the Federal Register on July 12, 2006, at 71 FR 39395. That notice allowed for a 60-day public review and comment period. No comments were received. The purpose of the current notice is to allow an additional 30 days for public comment to satisfy the requirements of the PRA, 44 U.S.C. 3507(b). Comments are sought from interested persons concerning (1) whether the collection of maps is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Board, including whether the collection has practical utility; (2) the accuracy of the Board’s burden estimates; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on the respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology when appropriate. VerDate Aug<31>2005 19:07 Nov 13, 2006 Jkt 211001 PO 00000 Frm 00062 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 66363 effort to reduce paperwork burdens, and as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq. (PRA), has submitted a request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for an extension of approval for the currently approved collection of rail system diagram maps. The Board previously published a notice about these collections in the Federal Register on July 21, 2006, at 71 FR 41513. That notice allowed for a 60-day public review and comment period. One comment was received. As pertinent here, the commenter emphasized the importance of the Board’s collection of system diagram maps in providing advance notice to the public about rail service that is likely to be abandoned, especially in light of the importance of that notice to the viability of the Board’s feeder-line program, 49 U.S.C. 10907, which enables shippers and communities to acquire marginal rail lines that are likely to be downgraded or abandoned. The purpose of the current notice is to allow an additional 30 days for public comment to satisfy the requirements of the PRA, 44 U.S.C. 3507(b). Comments are sought from rail carriers that have recently filed amended or new system diagram maps (or, in the case of small carriers, the alternative narrative description of rail system), as well as from members of the shipping public who may make use of these maps, concerning (1) whether the particular collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Board, including whether the collection has practical utility; (2) the accuracy of the Board’s burden estimates; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on the respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology when appropriate. Description of Collection Title: System Diagram Maps. OMB Control Number: 2140–0003. Form Number: None. Type of Review: Extension without change. Respondents: Common carrier freight railroads that are either new or reporting changes in the status of one or more of their rail lines. Number of Respondents: 4. Estimated Time per Response: 4.5 hours, based on average time reported in informal survey of respondents conducted in 2003. Frequency of Response: 1. E:\FR\FM\14NON1.SGM 14NON1 sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES 66364 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 219 / Tuesday, November 14, 2006 / Notices Total Annual Burden Hours: 18 hours (4 respondents × 4.5 hours). Total Annual ‘‘Non-Hour Burden’’ Cost: Range is between $.50 and $2,550, depending on size and class of carrier. Needs and Uses: Under 49 U.S.C. 10903(c)(2) and 49 CFR 1152.10– 1152.13, all rail carriers subject to the Board’s jurisdiction are required to maintain, publish, and submit to the Board a complete diagram of the transportation system operated. These carriers are also required to publish and submit any amendments to their system diagram maps (SDMs) as necessary to keep the SDMs current. Under the Board’s regulations, 49 CFR 1152.10(a), a Class III carrier (a carrier with assets of not more than $20 million in 1991 dollars), may submit the same information in narrative form. The information sought in this collection identifies all lines in a particular railroad’s system, categorized to indicate the likelihood that service on a particular line will be abandoned and/ or whether service on a line is currently provided under the financial assistance provisions of 49 U.S.C. 10904. This information constitutes advance notice to the Board and the public about likely decreases in the availability of rail service and provides a valuable planning tool for the Board and the shipping public. It facilitates informed decision making by the Board, and permits shippers and communities to participate in Board proceedings that may affect them, to submit timely proposals for continuing rail service under the feeder-line acquisition program (49 U.S.C. 10907(b)(i)), and/or to plan for alternative means of transportation. Deadline: Persons wishing to comment on this information collection should submit comments by December 14, 2006. ADDRESSES: Written comments should be directed to the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attention: Surface Transportation Board Desk Officer, Room 10235, 725 17th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20503, or to Alexander_T._Hunt@omb.eop.gov. Comments should be identified as ‘‘Paperwork Reduction Act Comments, Surface Transportation Board, System Diagram Map, OMB Control Number 2140–0003.’’ FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: A copy of the regulations pertaining to this information collection may be obtained by contacting Barbara G. Saddler at (202) 565–1656 or saddlerb@stb.dot.gov. These rules can also be found on the Board’s Web site at http:// VerDate Aug<31>2005 19:07 Nov 13, 2006 Jkt 211001 www.stb.dot.gov by searching under ‘‘ELibrary,’’ and then ‘‘Research Aids.’’ SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the PRA, a Federal agency conducting or sponsoring a collection of information must display a currently valid OMB control number. Collection of information, which is defined in 44 U.S.C. 3502(3) and 5 CFR 1320.3(c), includes agency requirements that persons submit reports, keep records, or provide information to the agency, third parties, or the public. Section 3507(b) of the PRA requires, concurrent with an agency’s submitting a collection to OMB for approval, a 30-day notice and comment period through publication in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed extension of an existing collection of information. Dated: November 14, 2006. Vernon A. Williams, Secretary. [FR Doc. E6–19180 Filed 11–13–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4915–01–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Surface Transportation Board [STB Docket No. AB–290 (Sub-No. 281X); STB Docket No. AB–290 (Sub-No. 270X)] Yadkin Railroad Company— Abandonment Exemption—in Stanly County, NC; Norfolk Southern Railway Company—Discontinuance of Service Exemption—in Stanly County, NC Yadkin Railroad Company (Yadkin) and Norfolk Southern Railway Company (NSR) (collectively, applicants), have jointly filed a notice of exemption under 49 CFR Part 1152 Subpart F—Exempt Abandonments and Discontinuances of Service for Yadkin to abandon, and for NSR to discontinue service over, a 4.14mile line of railroad between milepost N 27.50 in North Albemarle and milepost N 31.64 in Albemarle, Stanly County, NC. The line traverses United States Postal Service Zip Code 28001. The line includes the former stations of North Albemarle and Albemarle. Applicants have certified that: (1) No local traffic has moved over the line for at least 2 years; (2) any overhead traffic on the line can 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 Board or with any U.S. District Court or has been decided in favor of complainant within the 2year period; and (4) the requirements of PO 00000 Frm 00063 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 49 CFR 1105.7 (environmental report), 49 CFR 1105.8 (historic report), 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 and discontinuance 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 December 14, 2006, 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 November 24, 2006. Petitions to reopen or requests for public use conditions under 49 CFR 1152.28 must be filed by December 4, 2006, 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 applicants’ representative: James R. Paschall, Senior General Attorney, Norfolk Southern Corporation, Three Commercial Place, Norfolk, VA 23510. If the verified notice contains false or misleading information, the exemption is void ab initio. Applicants have filed environmental and historic reports which address the effects, if any, of the abandonment and discontinuance on the environment and historic resources. SEA will issue an environmental assessment (EA) by November 17, 2006. 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 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 Each OFA must be accompanied by the filing fee, which was increased to $1,300 effective on April 19, 2006. See Regulations Governing Fees for Services Performed in Connection with Licensing and Related Services—2006 Update, STB Ex Parte No. 542 (Sub-No. 13) (STB served Mar. 20, 2006). E:\FR\FM\14NON1.SGM 14NON1

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[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 219 (Tuesday, November 14, 2006)]
[Notices]
[Pages 66363-66364]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E6-19180]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Surface Transportation Board


Notice and Request for Comments

ACTION: 30-Day Notice of Information Collection Under Review: System 
Diagram Maps.

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SUMMARY: The Surface Transportation Board (Board), as part of its 
continuing effort to reduce paperwork burdens, and as required by the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq. (PRA), has 
submitted a request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for an 
extension of approval for the currently approved collection of rail 
system diagram maps. The Board previously published a notice about 
these collections in the Federal Register on July 21, 2006, at 71 FR 
41513. That notice allowed for a 60-day public review and comment 
period. One comment was received. As pertinent here, the commenter 
emphasized the importance of the Board's collection of system diagram 
maps in providing advance notice to the public about rail service that 
is likely to be abandoned, especially in light of the importance of 
that notice to the viability of the Board's feeder-line program, 49 
U.S.C. 10907, which enables shippers and communities to acquire 
marginal rail lines that are likely to be downgraded or abandoned.
    The purpose of the current notice is to allow an additional 30 days 
for public comment to satisfy the requirements of the PRA, 44 U.S.C. 
3507(b). Comments are sought from rail carriers that have recently 
filed amended or new system diagram maps (or, in the case of small 
carriers, the alternative narrative description of rail system), as 
well as from members of the shipping public who may make use of these 
maps, concerning (1) whether the particular collection of information 
is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Board, 
including whether the collection has practical utility; (2) the 
accuracy of the Board's burden estimates; (3) ways to enhance the 
quality, utility, and clarity of the information collected; and (4) 
ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on the 
respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or 
other forms of information technology when appropriate.

Description of Collection

    Title: System Diagram Maps.
    OMB Control Number: 2140-0003.
    Form Number: None.
    Type of Review: Extension without change.
    Respondents: Common carrier freight railroads that are either new 
or reporting changes in the status of one or more of their rail lines.
    Number of Respondents: 4.
    Estimated Time per Response: 4.5 hours, based on average time 
reported in informal survey of respondents conducted in 2003.
    Frequency of Response: 1.

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    Total Annual Burden Hours: 18 hours (4 respondents x 4.5 hours).
    Total Annual ``Non-Hour Burden'' Cost: Range is between $.50 and 
$2,550, depending on size and class of carrier.
    Needs and Uses: Under 49 U.S.C. 10903(c)(2) and 49 CFR 1152.10-
1152.13, all rail carriers subject to the Board's jurisdiction are 
required to maintain, publish, and submit to the Board a complete 
diagram of the transportation system operated. These carriers are also 
required to publish and submit any amendments to their system diagram 
maps (SDMs) as necessary to keep the SDMs current. Under the Board's 
regulations, 49 CFR 1152.10(a), a Class III carrier (a carrier with 
assets of not more than $20 million in 1991 dollars), may submit the 
same information in narrative form. The information sought in this 
collection identifies all lines in a particular railroad's system, 
categorized to indicate the likelihood that service on a particular 
line will be abandoned and/or whether service on a line is currently 
provided under the financial assistance provisions of 49 U.S.C. 10904. 
This information constitutes advance notice to the Board and the public 
about likely decreases in the availability of rail service and provides 
a valuable planning tool for the Board and the shipping public. It 
facilitates informed decision making by the Board, and permits shippers 
and communities to participate in Board proceedings that may affect 
them, to submit timely proposals for continuing rail service under the 
feeder-line acquisition program (49 U.S.C. 10907(b)(i)), and/or to plan 
for alternative means of transportation.
    Deadline: Persons wishing to comment on this information collection 
should submit comments by December 14, 2006.

ADDRESSES: Written comments should be directed to the Office of 
Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, 
Attention: Surface Transportation Board Desk Officer, Room 10235, 725 
17th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20503, or to Alexander--T.--
Hunt@omb.eop.gov. Comments should be identified as ``Paperwork 
Reduction Act Comments, Surface Transportation Board, System Diagram 
Map, OMB Control Number 2140-0003.''

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: A copy of the regulations pertaining 
to this information collection may be obtained by contacting Barbara G. 
Saddler at (202) 565-1656 or saddlerb@stb.dot.gov. These rules can also 
be found on the Board's Web site at http://www.stb.dot.gov by searching 
under ``E-Library,'' and then ``Research Aids.''

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the PRA, a Federal agency conducting 
or sponsoring a collection of information must display a currently 
valid OMB control number. Collection of information, which is defined 
in 44 U.S.C. 3502(3) and 5 CFR 1320.3(c), includes agency requirements 
that persons submit reports, keep records, or provide information to 
the agency, third parties, or the public. Section 3507(b) of the PRA 
requires, concurrent with an agency's submitting a collection to OMB 
for approval, a 30-day notice and comment period through publication in 
the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of 
information, including each proposed extension of an existing 
collection of information.

    Dated: November 14, 2006.
Vernon A. Williams,
Secretary.
[FR Doc. E6-19180 Filed 11-13-06; 8:45 am]
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