Surface Transportation Board, 49347-49348 [E7-16967]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 166 / Tuesday, August 28, 2007 / Notices pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES SUMMARY: The FHWA hereby gives notice that it intends to prepare an EIS for the proposed preservation of rightof-way for the construction of projects that would increase surface transportation capacity (additional travel lanes, intersection improvements) and improve operating conditions and safety (access management improvements) for both near-term and long-term needs. This EIS is being prepared and considered in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, regulations of the Council on Environmental Quality (40 CFR parts 150–1508), and FHWA regulations, guidance and policy. Anticipated Federal approvals/actions needed for this project to be constructed include permits for sections 401 and 404 of the Clean Water Act (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers) and compliance with section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act, section 7 of the Endangered Species Act and section 106 of the national Historic Preservation Act. Cooperating Agencies: There are no cooperating agencies identified for this project. DATES: Public comments and questions are welcome anytime during the NEPA process and should be directed to the address listed below. Additional formal opportunities for public participation are tentatively scheduled as follows: Review and comment of Draft EIS (including a public hearing): Fall 2008. Review of Final EIS: Spring 2009. Notices of availability for the Draft EIS, Final EIS and Record of Decision will be provided through direct mail, the Federal Register and other media. Notification also will be sent o Federal, State, local agencies, persons, and organizations that submit comments or questions. Precise schedules and locations for public meetings will be announced in the local news media. Interested individuals and organizations may request to be included on the mailing list for the distribution of meeting announcements and associated information. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Edwin Johnson, Field Operations Engineer; Federal Highway Administration, 3050 Lake Harbor Lane, Suite 126, Boise, Idaho 83703, Telephone: (208) 334–9180. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Electronic Access An electronic copy of this document may be downloaded using a modem and suitable communications software from the Government Printing Office’s VerDate Aug<31>2005 19:52 Aug 27, 2007 Jkt 211001 Electronic Bulletin Board Service at (202) 512–1661. Internet users may reach the Office of the Federal Register’s home page at http://nara.gov/ fedreg and the Government Printing Office’s database at: http://access.gpo. gov.nara. Background Recommendations for improvements along this corridor are identified in the regional long-range transportation plan, ‘‘Communities in Motion,’’ prepared by the Boise-Nampa Metropolitan Planning Organization, Community Planning Association of Southwest Idaho (COMPASS) and adopted by the COMPASS board in August 2006. SH–44 lies in an important east/west corridor connecting Ada and Canyon counties from the city of Eagle to the highway’s junction with I–84 in Canyon County. The once rural areas along the highway are changing from farms and orchards to subdivisions and businesses. The highway runs through the central business districts of the cities of Star and Middleton. The speed is gradually decreased from 55 to 25 mph within city limits. It is one of only three main highways that carry traffic directly from the city of Caldwell to Boise. Growth and development have resulted in higher traffic volumes and congestion. The city of Middleton has identified a need for a bypass of its downtown area and has preliminary plans for a route south of town. There has been discussion about a bypass for the city of Star, but the level of support for this has not been determined. Public scoping meetings on this project were held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on May 24, 2006 in Middleton, ID, and May 25, 2006 in Eagle, ID, to solicit public comment regarding the full spectrum of issues and concerns, including the need for the project, alternate routes around the cities of Middleton and Star, access management, and environmental issues to be considered in the analysis. Attendees were informed at the meeting that an EIS would be prepared for the corridor preservation study. The EIS will examine the short and long-term impacts of a reasonable range of alternatives, including the no action alternative, on the natural, physical, and human environments. The impacts assessment will include, but not be limited to, impacts on wetlands, wildlife; social environment; changes in land use; noise, aesthetics; changes in traffic; and economic impacts. Environmental Justice (as outlined in Executive Order 12898) will also be addressed as part of the impact PO 00000 Frm 00101 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 49347 assessment. The EIS will also examine measures to mitigate adverse impacts resulting from the proposed action. Comments are being solicited from Federal, State, and local agencies and from private organizations and citizens who have interest in this proposal. Public information meetings will be held in the project area to discuss the potential alignments and alternatives. The draft EIS will be available for public and agency review, and a public hearing will be held to receive comments. Public notice will be given of the time and place of all meetings and hearings. Comments and/or suggestions from all interested parties are requested, to ensure that the purpose and need for the project, the full range of all issues, and significant environmental issues in particular, are identified and reviewed. Comments or questions concerning this proposed action and/or its EIS should be directed to the FHWA at the addresses listed previously. (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Program Number 20.205, Highway Research, Planning and Construction. The regulations implementing Executive Order 12372 regarding intergovernmental consultation on Federal programs and activities apply to this proposed action.) Authority: 23 U.S.C. 315; 23 CFR 771.123; 49 CFR 1.48. Peter J. Hartman, Idaho Division Administrator, FHWA. [FR Doc. 07–4195 Filed 8–27–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4190–22–M DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Surface Transportation Board Indexing the Annual Operating Revenues of Railroads This Notice sets forth the annual inflation adjusting index numbers which are used to adjust gross annual operating revenues of railroads for classification purposes. This indexing methodology will insure that regulated carriers are classified based on real business expansion and not from the effects of inflation. Classification is important because it determines the extent of reporting for each carrier. The railroad’s inflation factors are based on the annual average Railroad’s Freight Price Index. This index is developed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). This index will be used to deflate revenues for comparison with established revenue thresholds. The base year for railroads is 1991. The inflation index factors are presented as follows: E:\FR\FM\28AUN1.SGM 28AUN1 49348 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 166 / Tuesday, August 28, 2007 / Notices RAILROAD FREIGHT INDEX Year 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 Index .......................... .......................... .......................... .......................... .......................... .......................... .......................... .......................... .......................... .......................... .......................... .......................... .......................... .......................... .......................... .......................... EFFECTIVE DATE: Deflator 409.50 411.80 415.50 418.80 418.17 417.46 419.67 424.54 423.01 428.64 436.48 445.03 454.33 473.41 522.41 567.34 1 100.00 99.45 98.55 97.70 97.85 98.02 97.50 96.38 96.72 95.45 93.73 91.92 90.03 86.40 78.29 72.09 January 1, 2006. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Scott Decker (202) 245–0330. [Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) for the hearing impaired: 1–800–877–8339.] pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES 1 Ex Parte No. 492, Montana Rail Link, Inc., and Wisconsin Central Ltd., Joint Petition for Rulemaking With Respect to 49 CFR 1201, 8 I.C.C. 2d 625 (1992), raised the revenue classification level for Class I railroads from $50 million to $250 million (1991 dollars), effective for the reporting year beginning January 1, 1992. The Class II threshold was also revised to reflect a rebasing from $10 million (1978 dollars) to $20 million (1991 dollars). VerDate Aug<31>2005 19:52 Aug 27, 2007 Jkt 211001 By the Board, Leland L. Gardner, Director, Office of Economics, Environmental Analysis, and Administration. Vernon A. Williams, Secretary. [FR Doc. E7–16967 Filed 8–27–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4915–01–P DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Fiscal Service Surety Companies Acceptable on Federal Bonds; FCCI Insurance Company Financial Management Service, Fiscal Service, Department of the Treasury. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: This is Supplement No. 1 to the Treasury Department Circular 570, 2007 Revision, published July 2, 2007, at 72 FR 36192. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Surety Bond Branch at (202) 874–6850. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: A Certificate of Authority as an acceptable surety on Federal bonds is hereby issued under 31 U.S.C. 9305 to the following company: FCCI Insurance Company (NAIC #10178). Business Address: 6300 University Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34240. Phone: (800) 226– 3224 xt 7632. Underwriting Limitation b/: $39,014,000. Surety Licenses c/: AL, PO 00000 Frm 00102 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 AZ, FL, GA, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, MI, MS, MO, NE, NC, OK, PA, SC, TN. Incorporated in: Florida. Federal bond-approving officers should annotate their reference copies of the Treasury Circular 570 (‘‘Circular’’), 2007 Revision, to reflect this addition. Certificates of Authority expire on June 30th each year, unless revoked prior to that date. The Certificates are subject to subsequent annual renewal as long as the companies remain qualified (see CFR part 223). A list of qualified companies is published annually as of July 1st in the Circular, which outlines details as to underwriting limitations, areas in which companies are licensed to transact surety business, and other information. The circular may be viewed and downloaded through the Internet at http://www.fms.treas.gov/c570. Questions concerning this Notice may be directed to the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Financial Management Service, Financial Accounting and Services Division, Surety Bond Branch, 3700 East-West Highway, Room 6F01, Hyattsville, MD 20782. Dated: August 14, 2007. Vivian L. Cooper, Director, Financial Accounting and Service Division, Financial Management Service. [FR Doc. 07–4203 Filed 8–27–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4810–35–M E:\FR\FM\28AUN1.SGM 28AUN1

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[Federal Register Volume 72, Number 166 (Tuesday, August 28, 2007)]
[Notices]
[Pages 49347-49348]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E7-16967]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION


Surface Transportation Board

Indexing the Annual Operating Revenues of Railroads

    This Notice sets forth the annual inflation adjusting index numbers 
which are used to adjust gross annual operating revenues of railroads 
for classification purposes. This indexing methodology will insure that 
regulated carriers are classified based on real business expansion and 
not from the effects of inflation. Classification is important because 
it determines the extent of reporting for each carrier.
    The railroad's inflation factors are based on the annual average 
Railroad's Freight Price Index. This index is developed by the Bureau 
of Labor Statistics (BLS). This index will be used to deflate revenues 
for comparison with established revenue thresholds.
    The base year for railroads is 1991. The inflation index factors 
are presented as follows:

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                         Railroad Freight Index
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                       Year                           Index     Deflator
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1991..............................................     409.50        \1\
                                                                  100.00
1992..............................................     411.80      99.45
1993..............................................     415.50      98.55
1994..............................................     418.80      97.70
1995..............................................     418.17      97.85
1996..............................................     417.46      98.02
1997..............................................     419.67      97.50
1998..............................................     424.54      96.38
1999..............................................     423.01      96.72
2000..............................................     428.64      95.45
2001..............................................     436.48      93.73
2002..............................................     445.03      91.92
2003..............................................     454.33      90.03
2004..............................................     473.41      86.40
2005..............................................     522.41      78.29
2006..............................................     567.34      72.09
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EFFECTIVE DATE: January 1, 2006.
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    \1\ Ex Parte No. 492, Montana Rail Link, Inc., and Wisconsin 
Central Ltd., Joint Petition for Rulemaking With Respect to 49 CFR 
1201, 8 I.C.C. 2d 625 (1992), raised the revenue classification 
level for Class I railroads from $50 million to $250 million (1991 
dollars), effective for the reporting year beginning January 1, 
1992. The Class II threshold was also revised to reflect a rebasing 
from $10 million (1978 dollars) to $20 million (1991 dollars).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Scott Decker (202) 245-0330. [Federal 
Information Relay Service (FIRS) for the hearing impaired: 1-800-877-
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    By the Board, Leland L. Gardner, Director, Office of Economics, 
Environmental Analysis, and Administration.
Vernon A. Williams,
Secretary.
[FR Doc. E7-16967 Filed 8-27-07; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4915-01-P