Pioneer Railcorp-Continuance in Control Exemption-Georgia Southern Railway Co., 63171 [E9-28633]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 230 / Wednesday, December 2, 2009 / Notices collection. The Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on the following collection of information was published on September 8, 2009, vol. 74, no. 172, page 46292. Fractional Ownership is a program that offers increased flexibility in aircraft ownership. DATES: Please submit comments by January 4, 2010. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carla Mauney at Carla.Mauney@faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: mstockstill on DSKH9S0YB1PROD with NOTICES Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Title: Fractional Aircraft Ownership Programs. Type of Request: Revision of a currently approved collection. OMB Control Number: 2120–0684. Form(s): There are no FAA forms associated with this collection. Affected Public: An estimated 11 Respondents. Frequency: This information is collected on occasion. Estimated Average Burden per Response: Approximately 45 minutes per response. Estimated Annual Burden Hours: An estimated 19,609 hours annually. Abstract: Fractional Ownership is a program that offers increased flexibility in aircraft ownership. Owners purchase shares of an aircraft and agree to share their aircraft with others having an ownership share in that same aircraft. Owners agree to put their aircraft into a ‘‘pool’’ of other shared aircraft and to lease their aircraft to another owner in that pool. The aircraft owners use a common management company to maintain the aircraft and administer the leasing of the aircraft among the owners. ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments on the proposed information collection to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget. Comments should be addressed to the attention of the Desk Officer, Department of Transportation/FAA, and sent via electronic mail to oira_submission@omb.eop.gov, or faxed to (202) 395–6974, or mailed to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, Docket Library, Room 10102, 725 17th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20503. Comments are invited on: Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Department, including whether the information will have practical utility; the accuracy of the Department’s estimates of the burden of the proposed information VerDate Nov<24>2008 18:28 Dec 01, 2009 Jkt 220001 collection; ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Issued in Washington, DC, on November 24, 2009. Carla Mauney, FAA Information Collection Clearance Officer, IT Enterprises Business Services Division, AES–200. [FR Doc. E9–28829 Filed 12–1–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–M DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Surface Transportation Board [STB Finance Docket No. 35323] Pioneer Railcorp—Continuance in Control Exemption—Georgia Southern Railway Co. Pioneer Railcorp (Pioneer), a noncarrier holding company, has filed a verified notice of exemption to continue in control of Georgia Southern Railway Co. (GASR), upon GASR’s becoming a Class III rail carrier. This transaction is related to a concurrently filed verified notice of exemption in STB Finance Docket No. 35322, Georgia Southern Railway Co.— Lease and Operation Exemption and Operation Exemption—Certain Lines of Georgia Midland Railroad, Inc. and Heart of Georgia Railroad, Inc. In that proceeding, GASR has sought an exemption under 49 CFR 1150.31 pursuant to an agreement with: (1) The Georgia Midland Railroad, Inc. to assume the lease and operation of approximately 51.9 miles of rail line in Peach, Houston, Crawford, Candler, Bulloch, and Screven Counties, GA; and (2) the Heart of Georgia Railroad, Inc. (HOG) to operate, under contract with HOG, approximately 42.4-miles of line currently leased and operated by HOG in Toombs, Treutlen, Emanuel and Jenkins Counties, GA. The transaction is scheduled to be consummated on December 16, 2009 (the effective date of this exemption). Pioneer currently controls 16 Class III rail carriers: West Michigan Railroad Co.; Fort Smith Railroad Co.; Shawnee Terminal Railroad Co., Inc.; Mississippi Central Railroad Co.; Alabama & Florida Railway Co., Inc.; Decatur Junction Railway Co.; Vandalia Railroad Company; Keokuk Junction Railway Co.; Keokuk Union Depot Company; Michigan Southern Railroad Company; Elkhart & Western Railroad Co.; Kendallville Terminal Railroad Co.; PO 00000 Frm 00056 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 63171 Pioneer Industrial Railway Co.; The Garden City Western Railway, Inc.; Indiana Southwestern Railway Co.; and Gettysburg & Northern Railroad Co. None of these subsidiaries has operations within the State of Georgia. Pioneer represents that: (1) The rail lines to be operated by GASR do not connect with any other railroads in the Pioneer corporate family; (2) the continuance in control is not part of a series of anticipated transactions that would connect these rail lines with any other railroad in the Pioneer corporate family; and (3) the transaction does not involve a Class I rail carrier. Therefore, the 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. Section 11326(c), however, does not provide for labor protection for transactions under sections 11324 and 11325 that involve only Class III rail carriers. Accordingly, the Board may not impose labor protective conditions here, because all of the carriers involved are Class III carriers. 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. Stay petitions must be filed no later than December 9, 2009 (at least 7 days before the exemption becomes effective). An original and 10 copies of all pleadings, referring to STB Finance Docket No. 35323, must be filed with the Surface Transportation Board, 395 E Street, SW., Washington, DC 20423– 0001. In addition, one copy of each pleading must be served on Daniel A. LaKemper, 1318 S. Johanson Road, Peoria, IL 61607. Board decisions and notices are available on our Web site at ‘‘http:// www.stb.dot.gov.’’ Decided: November 24, 2009. By the Board, Rachel D. Campbell, Director, Office of Proceedings. Jeffrey Herzig, Clearance Clerk. [FR Doc. 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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Surface Transportation Board

[STB Finance Docket No. 35323]


Pioneer Railcorp--Continuance in Control Exemption--Georgia 
Southern Railway Co.

    Pioneer Railcorp (Pioneer), a noncarrier holding company, has filed 
a verified notice of exemption to continue in control of Georgia 
Southern Railway Co. (GASR), upon GASR's becoming a Class III rail 
carrier.
    This transaction is related to a concurrently filed verified notice 
of exemption in STB Finance Docket No. 35322, Georgia Southern Railway 
Co.--Lease and Operation Exemption and Operation Exemption--Certain 
Lines of Georgia Midland Railroad, Inc. and Heart of Georgia Railroad, 
Inc. In that proceeding, GASR has sought an exemption under 49 CFR 
1150.31 pursuant to an agreement with: (1) The Georgia Midland 
Railroad, Inc. to assume the lease and operation of approximately 51.9 
miles of rail line in Peach, Houston, Crawford, Candler, Bulloch, and 
Screven Counties, GA; and (2) the Heart of Georgia Railroad, Inc. (HOG) 
to operate, under contract with HOG, approximately 42.4-miles of line 
currently leased and operated by HOG in Toombs, Treutlen, Emanuel and 
Jenkins Counties, GA.
    The transaction is scheduled to be consummated on December 16, 2009 
(the effective date of this exemption).
    Pioneer currently controls 16 Class III rail carriers: West 
Michigan Railroad Co.; Fort Smith Railroad Co.; Shawnee Terminal 
Railroad Co., Inc.; Mississippi Central Railroad Co.; Alabama & Florida 
Railway Co., Inc.; Decatur Junction Railway Co.; Vandalia Railroad 
Company; Keokuk Junction Railway Co.; Keokuk Union Depot Company; 
Michigan Southern Railroad Company; Elkhart & Western Railroad Co.; 
Kendallville Terminal Railroad Co.; Pioneer Industrial Railway Co.; The 
Garden City Western Railway, Inc.; Indiana Southwestern Railway Co.; 
and Gettysburg & Northern Railroad Co. None of these subsidiaries has 
operations within the State of Georgia.
    Pioneer represents that: (1) The rail lines to be operated by GASR 
do not connect with any other railroads in the Pioneer corporate 
family; (2) the continuance in control is not part of a series of 
anticipated transactions that would connect these rail lines with any 
other railroad in the Pioneer corporate family; and (3) the transaction 
does not involve a Class I rail carrier. Therefore, the 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. Section 11326(c), however, does 
not provide for labor protection for transactions under sections 11324 
and 11325 that involve only Class III rail carriers. Accordingly, the 
Board may not impose labor protective conditions here, because all of 
the carriers involved are Class III carriers.
    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. Stay petitions must be filed no later than December 9, 2009 
(at least 7 days before the exemption becomes effective).
    An original and 10 copies of all pleadings, referring to STB 
Finance Docket No. 35323, must be filed with the Surface Transportation 
Board, 395 E Street, SW., Washington, DC 20423-0001. In addition, one 
copy of each pleading must be served on Daniel A. LaKemper, 1318 S. 
Johanson Road, Peoria, IL 61607.
    Board decisions and notices are available on our Web site at 
``http://www.stb.dot.gov.''

    Decided: November 24, 2009.

    By the Board, Rachel D. Campbell, Director, Office of 
Proceedings.
Jeffrey Herzig,
Clearance Clerk.
[FR Doc. E9-28633 Filed 12-1-09; 8:45 am]
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