Genesee & Wyoming Inc.-Control Exemption-Maryland Midland Railway, Inc., 64702 [E7-22423]

Download as PDF 64702 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 221 / Friday, November 16, 2007 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Surface Transportation Board [STB Finance Docket No. 35098] Genesee & Wyoming Inc.—Control Exemption—Maryland Midland Railway, Inc. mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (GWI), a noncarrier, has filed a verified notice of exemption 1 to permit GWI to acquire indirect control of Maryland Midland Railway, Inc. (MMID), upon consummation of a merger agreement between GWI, MMID Holding Inc. (MMID Holding), MMID Acquisition Sub Inc. (MMID–ASI), and MMID.2 Pursuant to the merger agreement, MMID–ASI will merge with MMID and the surviving corporation will continue as MMID. MMID’s sole shareholder will be MMID Holding and GWI will own a majority of shares of MMID Holding. Accordingly, MMID Holding will have direct control and GWI will have indirect control over MMID.3 GWI is a noncarrier holding company that directly or indirectly controls one Class II carrier and 24 Class III carriers, as well as additional carriers with two of its wholly owned subsidiaries that are noncarrier holding companies (RP Acquisition Company One and RP Acquisition Company Two).4 MMID is a Class III rail carrier that owns lines of railroad located: Between approximately milepost 69.7 at or near Highfield, MD, and approximately milepost 19.9 at or near Emory Grove, MD; and between approximately milepost 60.1 at or near Walkersville, MD, and approximately milepost 39.6 at or near Littlestown, PA.5 1 The notice was initially filed on October 22, 2007. On October 29, 2007, a petition to reject the notice was filed by Patriot Rail Corp. (Patriot). On November 2, 2007, a response to Patriot’s petition was filed by GWI (November 2 filing). Because the notice was supplemented by the November 2 filing, that date will be considered the filing date. 2 The full version of the merger agreement, as required by 49 CFR 1180.6(a)(7)(ii), was concurrently filed under seal along with a motion for protective order. A decision granting GWI’s motion for protective order was issued on November 9, 2007. 3 According to GWI, MMID Holding is not listed as an applicant in the verified notice of exemption because MMID Holding will obtain control of only one rail carrier (MMID) following consummation of the proposed merger transaction and therefore does not need to obtain an exemption under 49 U.S.C. 11323. 4 The members of the GWI family of railroads own and/or operate rail property located in Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, and Wisconsin. 5 Concurrent with this notice, MMID is seeking authority to acquire and operate three rail lines VerDate Aug<31>2005 21:48 Nov 15, 2007 Jkt 214001 The transaction is scheduled to be consummated on or after the date that exemption covered by this notice becomes effective (which will occur on December 2, 2007). Applicants state that: (i) The rail lines involved in this transaction do not connect with any rail lines now controlled, directly or indirectly, by GWI; (ii) this transaction is not part of a series of anticipated transactions that would connect any of these rail lines with each other; and (iii) this transaction does not involve a Class I carrier.6 Therefore, this transaction is exempt from the prior approval requirements of 49 U.S.C. 11323. See 49 CFR 1180.2(d)(2). Under 49 U.S.C. 10502(g), the Board may not use its exemption authority to relieve a rail carrier of its statutory obligation to protect the interests of its employees. Because the transaction involves at least one Class II and one or more Class III rail carriers, the exemption is subject to the labor protection requirements of 49 U.S.C. 11326(b). If the verified notice contains false or misleading information, the exemption is void ab initio. Petitions to revoke the exemption under 49 U.S.C. 10502(d) may be filed at any time. The filing of a petition to revoke will not automatically stay the effectiveness of the exemption. Petitions for stay must be filed no later than November 23, 2007 (at least 7 days before the exemption becomes effective). An original and 10 copies of all pleadings, referring to STB Finance Docket No. 35098, must be filed with the Surface Transportation Board, 395 E Street, SW., Washington, DC 20423– 0001. In addition, a copy of each pleading must be served on Kevin M. Sheys, Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis LLP, 1601 K Street, NW., Washington, DC 20006. Board decisions and notices are available on our Web site at http:// www.stb.dot.gov. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Surface Transportation Board [STB Finance Docket No. 35099] Maryland Midland Railway, Inc.— Acquisition and Operation Exemption—Certain Assets of the Maryland Transit Administration BILLING CODE 4915–01–P Maryland Midland Railway, Inc. (MMID), a Class III rail carrier, has filed a verified notice of exemption under 49 CFR 1150.41 to acquire, by purchase from the State of Maryland, acting by and through the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA), two active rail lines, totaling approximately 28 miles. The two active lines extend from milepost 32.6 at or near Westminster, MD, to milepost 24.3 at or near Cedarhurst, MD, and milepost 60.1 at or near Walkersville, MD, to milepost 39.6 at or near Littlestown, PA. In its notice, MMID also seeks to acquire, by purchase from the State of Maryland, acting by and through MTA, and operate approximately 6 miles of inactive rail line. The inactive line extends from milepost 45.1 at Taneytown, MD, to milepost 39.6 at Littlestown. This transaction is related to the concurrently filed notice of exemption in STB Finance Docket No. 35098, Genesee & Wyoming Inc.—Control Exemption—Maryland Midland Railway, Inc. (FD 35098), wherein Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (GWI), seeks to acquire indirect control of MMID.1 Based on projected revenues for the lines being acquired, MMID expects to remain a Class III rail carrier after consummation of the proposed transaction. MMID certifies that its projected annual revenues as a result of this transaction will not result in the creation of a Class II or Class I rail carrier. MMID states that, due to an inadvertent error, it already has acquired the lines from MTA, pursuant to a purchase and sale agreement that was executed on February 16, 2005, and a quitclaim deed that was executed on January 23, 2006. MMID states that it is filing this notice of exemption to correct this error. Because the projected annual revenues of the lines, together with MMID’s projected annual revenue, will owned by the Maryland Transit Administration in STB Finance Docket No. 35099, Maryland Midland Railway, Inc.—Acquisition and Operation Exemption—Certain Assets of the Maryland Transit Administration. 6 The basis of Patriot’s petition to reject this notice of exemption was its contention that GWI failed to comply with the second criterion. Patriot’s petition has been denied by the Board in a separate decision in this docket. 1 The notice of exemption in this proceeding was filed initially on October 22, 2007. However, the related notice of exemption in FD 35098 was supplemented on November 2, 2007, and the filing date of that notice therefore was considered to be November 2, 2007. Because the supplemental information pertains to the transaction that is the basis of both proceedings, the filing date for the notice of exemption in this proceeding also is considered to be November 2, 2007. Decided: November 13, 2007. By the Board, David M. Konschnik, Director, Office of Proceedings. Vernon A. Williams, Secretary. [FR Doc. E7–22423 Filed 11–15–07; 8:45 am] PO 00000 Frm 00129 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\16NON1.SGM 16NON1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Surface Transportation Board

[STB Finance Docket No. 35098]


Genesee & Wyoming Inc.--Control Exemption--Maryland Midland 
Railway, Inc.

    Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (GWI), a noncarrier, has filed a verified 
notice of exemption \1\ to permit GWI to acquire indirect control of 
Maryland Midland Railway, Inc. (MMID), upon consummation of a merger 
agreement between GWI, MMID Holding Inc. (MMID Holding), MMID 
Acquisition Sub Inc. (MMID-ASI), and MMID.\2\ Pursuant to the merger 
agreement, MMID-ASI will merge with MMID and the surviving corporation 
will continue as MMID. MMID's sole shareholder will be MMID Holding and 
GWI will own a majority of shares of MMID Holding. Accordingly, MMID 
Holding will have direct control and GWI will have indirect control 
over MMID.\3\
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    \1\ The notice was initially filed on October 22, 2007. On 
October 29, 2007, a petition to reject the notice was filed by 
Patriot Rail Corp. (Patriot). On November 2, 2007, a response to 
Patriot's petition was filed by GWI (November 2 filing). Because the 
notice was supplemented by the November 2 filing, that date will be 
considered the filing date.
    \2\ The full version of the merger agreement, as required by 49 
CFR 1180.6(a)(7)(ii), was concurrently filed under seal along with a 
motion for protective order. A decision granting GWI's motion for 
protective order was issued on November 9, 2007.
    \3\ According to GWI, MMID Holding is not listed as an applicant 
in the verified notice of exemption because MMID Holding will obtain 
control of only one rail carrier (MMID) following consummation of 
the proposed merger transaction and therefore does not need to 
obtain an exemption under 49 U.S.C. 11323.
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    GWI is a noncarrier holding company that directly or indirectly 
controls one Class II carrier and 24 Class III carriers, as well as 
additional carriers with two of its wholly owned subsidiaries that are 
noncarrier holding companies (RP Acquisition Company One and RP 
Acquisition Company Two).\4\ MMID is a Class III rail carrier that owns 
lines of railroad located: Between approximately milepost 69.7 at or 
near Highfield, MD, and approximately milepost 19.9 at or near Emory 
Grove, MD; and between approximately milepost 60.1 at or near 
Walkersville, MD, and approximately milepost 39.6 at or near 
Littlestown, PA.\5\
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    \4\ The members of the GWI family of railroads own and/or 
operate rail property located in Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, 
Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, 
New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, 
Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
    \5\ Concurrent with this notice, MMID is seeking authority to 
acquire and operate three rail lines owned by the Maryland Transit 
Administration in STB Finance Docket No. 35099, Maryland Midland 
Railway, Inc.--Acquisition and Operation Exemption--Certain Assets 
of the Maryland Transit Administration.
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    The transaction is scheduled to be consummated on or after the date 
that exemption covered by this notice becomes effective (which will 
occur on December 2, 2007).
    Applicants state that: (i) The rail lines involved in this 
transaction do not connect with any rail lines now controlled, directly 
or indirectly, by GWI; (ii) this transaction is not part of a series of 
anticipated transactions that would connect any of these rail lines 
with each other; and (iii) this transaction does not involve a Class I 
carrier.\6\ Therefore, this transaction is exempt from the prior 
approval requirements of 49 U.S.C. 11323. See 49 CFR 1180.2(d)(2).
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    \6\ The basis of Patriot's petition to reject this notice of 
exemption was its contention that GWI failed to comply with the 
second criterion. Patriot's petition has been denied by the Board in 
a separate decision in this docket.
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    Under 49 U.S.C. 10502(g), the Board may not use its exemption 
authority to relieve a rail carrier of its statutory obligation to 
protect the interests of its employees. Because the transaction 
involves at least one Class II and one or more Class III rail carriers, 
the exemption is subject to the labor protection requirements of 49 
U.S.C. 11326(b).
    If the verified notice contains false or misleading information, 
the exemption is void ab initio. Petitions to revoke the exemption 
under 49 U.S.C. 10502(d) may be filed at any time. The filing of a 
petition to revoke will not automatically stay the effectiveness of the 
exemption. Petitions for stay must be filed no later than November 23, 
2007 (at least 7 days before the exemption becomes effective).
    An original and 10 copies of all pleadings, referring to STB 
Finance Docket No. 35098, must be filed with the Surface Transportation 
Board, 395 E Street, SW., Washington, DC 20423-0001. In addition, a 
copy of each pleading must be served on Kevin M. Sheys, Kirkpatrick & 
Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis LLP, 1601 K Street, NW., Washington, DC 
20006.
    Board decisions and notices are available on our Web site at http:/
/www.stb.dot.gov.

    Decided: November 13, 2007.

    By the Board, David M. Konschnik, Director, Office of 
Proceedings.
Vernon A. Williams,
Secretary.
[FR Doc. E7-22423 Filed 11-15-07; 8:45 am]
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