BNSF Railway Company and Union Pacific Railroad Company-Joint Relocation Project Exemption-in Lincoln, Neb., 56160-56161 [2010-22657]

Download as PDF 56160 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 178 / Wednesday, September 15, 2010 / Notices By order of the Maritime Administrator. Christine Gurland, Secretary, Maritime Administration. [FR Doc. 2010–23010 Filed 9–14–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–81–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Surface Transportation Board [Docket No. FD 35415] srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES BNSF Railway Company and Union Pacific Railroad Company—Joint Relocation Project Exemption—in Lincoln, Neb. On August 30, 2010, BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) and Union Pacific Railroad Company (UP) jointly filed a verified notice of exemption under 49 CFR 1180.2(d)(5) to participate in a joint project involving the relocation of certain tracks over which they currently both operate, or have authority to operate, in the City of Lincoln, Lancaster County, Neb. (the City). The purpose of the joint relocation project is to facilitate the redevelopment of the West Haymarket District and Downtown Lincoln (referred to as the West Haymarket Project). To allow for the redevelopment to proceed, BNSF must remove certain existing tracks and relocate its operations over tracks that will run parallel to the existing lines. UP will allow a portion of a previously abandoned line to be utilized in the project. BNSF and UP will jointly relocate tracks over which they both currently operate, or have authority to operate, as follows: BNSF owns a rail line beginning south of Sun Valley Boulevard (near UP milepost 56.50) that crosses Salt Creek and continues into a wye a short distance east of Salt Creek. The east leg of the wye (Track 460) extends in an easterly direction to a connection with a BNSF main line, which, in turn, connects with the Omaha, Lincoln, & Beatrice Railway and extends beyond to Omaha, Neb. The west leg of the wye (Track 324) extends in an easterly and then southerly direction to BNSF’s Hobson Yard in the City. UP has overhead trackage rights over the east leg of the wye between BNSF milepost 0.65 and BNSF milepost 56.92. See Union Pac. R.R.—Trackage Rights Exemption—The Burlington N. & Santa Fe Ry., FD 33403 (STB served June 3, 1997); Union Pac. R.R.—Amendment of Trackage Rights Exemption—BNSF Ry., FD 30868 (Sub-No. 1) (STB served July 20, 2006). UP also leases: (1) The BNSF line near Sun Valley Boulevard (beginning near UP milepost 56.50) to VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:57 Sep 14, 2010 Jkt 220001 the beginning point of the wye at BNSF milepost 0.62 (referred to as the Sun Valley Segment); and (2) the west leg of the BNSF wye from BNSF milepost 0.62 to BNSF milepost 59.4. The joint relocation project that is the subject of this notice involves abandoning the Sun Valley Segment and relocating the existing wye tracks a short distance to the south. The underlying real estate will be conveyed to the City. BNSF will remove the tracks on the Sun Valley Segment and UP will reconstruct its parallel line which it had previously abandoned.1 The new UP line will be located between UP milepost 56.50 and UP milepost 56.68, a short distance east of Salt Creek and crossing over Salt Creek using an existing UP bridge (UP track). The UP track will be owned and maintained by UP. BNSF will be granted trackage rights over the UP track. The new east wye track will be located between new BNSF milepost 0.0 and BNSF milepost 59.24 where it will connect with BNSF’s number 1 main line (new east wye). The new east wye will be owned and maintained by BNSF. UP will be granted trackage rights over the new east wye. The new west wye will be located between new milepost BNSF 0.0 and BNSF milepost 59.55 where it will connect with BNSF’s number 1 main line (new west wye). The new west wye will be owned and maintained by BNSF. UP’s lease of the existing west wye and the Sun Valley Segment will be terminated. UP will retain existing operating rights incidental to interchange to Hobson Yard which includes the new west wye. Applicants state that the proposed joint relocation project will not disrupt service to shippers. There are no shippers on the Sun Valley Segment, the existing east wye or the existing west wye lines. Applicants also state that the construction of the UP track, the new east wye and the new west wye will not involve an expansion of service by either carrier into new territory, or alter the existing competitive situation, but will simply preserve BNSF’s and UP’s ability to continue to serve the existing customers in the area. The Board will exercise jurisdiction over the abandonment, construction, or sale components of a relocation project, and require separate approval or exemption, only where the removal of track affects service to shippers or the construction of new track or transfer of existing track involves expansion into new territory. See City of Detroit v. 1 See Union Pac. R.R.—Aban. Exemption—in Lancaster County, Neb., AB 33 (Sub-No. 207X) (STB served Sept. 30, 2003). PO 00000 Frm 00110 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Canadian Nat’l Ry., 9 I.C.C.2d 1208 (1993), aff’d sub nom. Detroit/Wayne Cnty. Port Authority v. ICC, 59 F.3d 1314 (DC Cir. 1995); Flats Indus. R.R. & Norfolk S. Ry.—Joint Relocation Project Exemption—in Cleveland, Ohio, FD 34108 (STB served Nov. 15, 2001). Line relocation projects may embrace trackage rights transactions such as those involved here. See Detroit, Toledo & Ironton R.R.—Trackage Rights— Between Washington Court House & Greggs, Ohio—Exemption, 363 I.C.C. 878 (1981). Under these standards, the incidental abandonment, construction, lease and trackage rights components of this relocation project require no separate approval or exemption because the relocation project will not disrupt service to shippers, expand BNSF’s or UP’s service into a new territory, or alter the existing competitive situation, and thus, this joint relocation project qualifies for the class exemption at 49 CFR 1180.2(d)(5). As a condition to this exemption, any employees affected by the trackage rights will be protected by the conditions imposed in Norfolk and Western Railway—Trackage Rights— Burlington Northern, Inc., 354 I.C.C. 605 (1978), as modified in Mendocino Coast Railway—Lease and Operate-California Western Railroad, 360 I.C.C. 653 (1980). The transaction may be consummated on or after September 29, 2010, the effective date of the exemption (30 days after the exemption was filed). 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 September 22, 2010 (at least 7 days before the exemption becomes effective). An original and 10 copies of all pleadings, referring to Docket No. FD 35415, 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 applicants’ representatives: Karl Morell, Of Counsel, Ball Janik LLP, Suite 225, 1455 F Street, NW., Washington, DC 20005; and Mack H. Shummate, Jr., Senior General Attorney, 101 North Wacker Drive, #1920, Chicago, IL 60606. Board decisions and notices are available on our Web site at http:// www.stb.dot.gov. Decided: September 3, 2010. E:\FR\FM\15SEN1.SGM 15SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 178 / Wednesday, September 15, 2010 / Notices By the Board, Joseph H. Dettmar, Acting Director, Office of Proceedings. Kulunie L. Cannon, Clearance Clerk. [FR Doc. 2010–22657 Filed 9–14–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4915–01–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Surface Transportation Board [Docket No. FD 35408] Stillwater Central Railroad, Inc.— Trackage Rights Exemption—BNSF Railway Company Pursuant to a written trackage rights agreement (Trackage Agreement) dated December 29, 2004, BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) granted approximately 5.5 miles of incidental overhead trackage rights to Stillwater Central Railroad, Inc. (SLWC), extending between: (1) Milepost 384.6 and milepost 390.0, on the Red Rock Subdivision, in Oklahoma City, Okla.; and (2) a point 500 feet west of the wye connecting the Packing Town Lead and the point of connection between the Packing Town Lead and BNSF’s Red Rock Subdivision.1 Now, pursuant to srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES 1 In Stillwater Central Railroad, Inc.—Lease Exemption—The Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway Co., FD 34610 (STB served Jan. 19, 2005), SLWC was authorized to acquire by lease and to operate approximately 12.6 miles of rail line from BNSF between: (1) Milepost 549.01 at Wheatland, Okla., and milepost 542.0 at Oklahoma City, including the Dayton Lead in Wheatland; (2) milepost 540.0 west of the BNSF North Yard, in Oklahoma City, and milepost 536.4 in Oklahoma VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:57 Sep 14, 2010 Jkt 220001 the Trackage Agreement and a First Amendment, BNSF has agreed to amend SLWC’s existing overhead trackage rights to grant SLWC: (1) Overhead trackage rights between milepost 383.0, at Oklahoma City, and milepost 394.5, south of Flynn Yard in Oklahoma City, including the wye connecting the east end of the Packing Town Lead to the Red Rock Subdivision; and (2) local trackage rights to serve the Cargill Animal Nutrition Facility (Cargill Facility) on the Packing Town Lead using tracks 7405–0801 and 7405–0802. The transaction is scheduled to be consummated on September 29, 2010, the effective date of the exemption (30 days after the exemption was filed). The purpose of the First Amendment is to permit SLWC to provide local service to the Cargill Facility. According to SLWC, the First Amendment will also correct a minor typographical error in the Trackage Agreement and an inadvertent error in the description of the mileposts set forth in SLWC’s notice of exemption in Docket No. FD 34610.2 As a condition to this exemption, any employees affected by the trackage City, including the North Yard; and (3) milepost 0.0 on the Packing Town Lead, and a point 500 feet west of the wye connecting the Packing Town Lead with BNSF’s Red Rock Subdivision, in addition to the 5.5 miles of incidental overhead trackage rights described herein. 2 On September 8, 2010, SLWC filed a letter stating that it had incorrectly sought overhead trackage rights between mileposts 384.6 and 390.0 on the Red Rock Subdivision granted in FD 34610. SLWC states that the correct mileposts should have been 383.0 and 394.5, as reflected in its notice of exemption in FD 35408. PO 00000 Frm 00111 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 56161 rights will be protected by the conditions imposed in Norfolk & Western Railway—Trackage Rights— Burlington Northern, Inc., 354 I.C.C. 605 (1978), as modified in Mendocino Coast Railway, Inc.—Lease and Operate— California Western Railroad, 360 I.C.C. 653 (1980). This notice is filed under 49 CFR 1180.2(d)(7). If the 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 by September 22, 2010 (at least 7 days before the exemption becomes effective). An original and 10 copies of all pleadings, referring to Docket No. FD 35408, 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 Karl Morell, Of Counsel, Ball Janik LLP, Suite 225, 1455 F Street, NW., Washington, DC 20005. Board decisions and notices are available on our Web site at ‘‘WWW.STB.DOT.GOV.’’ Decided: September 10, 2010. By the Board, Rachel D. Campbell, Director, Office of Proceedings. Kulunie L. Cannon, Clearance Clerk. [FR Doc. 2010–22960 Filed 9–14–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4915–01–P E:\FR\FM\15SEN1.SGM 15SEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Surface Transportation Board

[Docket No. FD 35415]


BNSF Railway Company and Union Pacific Railroad Company--Joint 
Relocation Project Exemption--in Lincoln, Neb.

    On August 30, 2010, BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) and Union Pacific 
Railroad Company (UP) jointly filed a verified notice of exemption 
under 49 CFR 1180.2(d)(5) to participate in a joint project involving 
the relocation of certain tracks over which they currently both 
operate, or have authority to operate, in the City of Lincoln, 
Lancaster County, Neb. (the City).
    The purpose of the joint relocation project is to facilitate the 
redevelopment of the West Haymarket District and Downtown Lincoln 
(referred to as the West Haymarket Project). To allow for the 
redevelopment to proceed, BNSF must remove certain existing tracks and 
relocate its operations over tracks that will run parallel to the 
existing lines. UP will allow a portion of a previously abandoned line 
to be utilized in the project.
    BNSF and UP will jointly relocate tracks over which they both 
currently operate, or have authority to operate, as follows:
    BNSF owns a rail line beginning south of Sun Valley Boulevard (near 
UP milepost 56.50) that crosses Salt Creek and continues into a wye a 
short distance east of Salt Creek. The east leg of the wye (Track 460) 
extends in an easterly direction to a connection with a BNSF main line, 
which, in turn, connects with the Omaha, Lincoln, & Beatrice Railway 
and extends beyond to Omaha, Neb. The west leg of the wye (Track 324) 
extends in an easterly and then southerly direction to BNSF's Hobson 
Yard in the City.
    UP has overhead trackage rights over the east leg of the wye 
between BNSF milepost 0.65 and BNSF milepost 56.92. See Union Pac. 
R.R.--Trackage Rights Exemption--The Burlington N. & Santa Fe Ry., FD 
33403 (STB served June 3, 1997); Union Pac. R.R.--Amendment of Trackage 
Rights Exemption--BNSF Ry., FD 30868 (Sub-No. 1) (STB served July 20, 
2006). UP also leases: (1) The BNSF line near Sun Valley Boulevard 
(beginning near UP milepost 56.50) to the beginning point of the wye at 
BNSF milepost 0.62 (referred to as the Sun Valley Segment); and (2) the 
west leg of the BNSF wye from BNSF milepost 0.62 to BNSF milepost 59.4.
    The joint relocation project that is the subject of this notice 
involves abandoning the Sun Valley Segment and relocating the existing 
wye tracks a short distance to the south. The underlying real estate 
will be conveyed to the City. BNSF will remove the tracks on the Sun 
Valley Segment and UP will reconstruct its parallel line which it had 
previously abandoned.\1\ The new UP line will be located between UP 
milepost 56.50 and UP milepost 56.68, a short distance east of Salt 
Creek and crossing over Salt Creek using an existing UP bridge (UP 
track). The UP track will be owned and maintained by UP. BNSF will be 
granted trackage rights over the UP track.
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    \1\ See Union Pac. R.R.--Aban. Exemption--in Lancaster County, 
Neb., AB 33 (Sub-No. 207X) (STB served Sept. 30, 2003).
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    The new east wye track will be located between new BNSF milepost 
0.0 and BNSF milepost 59.24 where it will connect with BNSF's number 1 
main line (new east wye). The new east wye will be owned and maintained 
by BNSF. UP will be granted trackage rights over the new east wye. The 
new west wye will be located between new milepost BNSF 0.0 and BNSF 
milepost 59.55 where it will connect with BNSF's number 1 main line 
(new west wye). The new west wye will be owned and maintained by BNSF. 
UP's lease of the existing west wye and the Sun Valley Segment will be 
terminated. UP will retain existing operating rights incidental to 
interchange to Hobson Yard which includes the new west wye.
    Applicants state that the proposed joint relocation project will 
not disrupt service to shippers. There are no shippers on the Sun 
Valley Segment, the existing east wye or the existing west wye lines. 
Applicants also state that the construction of the UP track, the new 
east wye and the new west wye will not involve an expansion of service 
by either carrier into new territory, or alter the existing competitive 
situation, but will simply preserve BNSF's and UP's ability to continue 
to serve the existing customers in the area.
    The Board will exercise jurisdiction over the abandonment, 
construction, or sale components of a relocation project, and require 
separate approval or exemption, only where the removal of track affects 
service to shippers or the construction of new track or transfer of 
existing track involves expansion into new territory. See City of 
Detroit v. Canadian Nat'l Ry., 9 I.C.C.2d 1208 (1993), aff'd sub nom. 
Detroit/Wayne Cnty. Port Authority v. ICC, 59 F.3d 1314 (DC Cir. 1995); 
Flats Indus. R.R. & Norfolk S. Ry.--Joint Relocation Project 
Exemption--in Cleveland, Ohio, FD 34108 (STB served Nov. 15, 2001). 
Line relocation projects may embrace trackage rights transactions such 
as those involved here. See Detroit, Toledo & Ironton R.R.--Trackage 
Rights--Between Washington Court House & Greggs, Ohio--Exemption, 363 
I.C.C. 878 (1981). Under these standards, the incidental abandonment, 
construction, lease and trackage rights components of this relocation 
project require no separate approval or exemption because the 
relocation project will not disrupt service to shippers, expand BNSF's 
or UP's service into a new territory, or alter the existing competitive 
situation, and thus, this joint relocation project qualifies for the 
class exemption at 49 CFR 1180.2(d)(5).
    As a condition to this exemption, any employees affected by the 
trackage rights will be protected by the conditions imposed in Norfolk 
and Western Railway--Trackage Rights--Burlington Northern, Inc., 354 
I.C.C. 605 (1978), as modified in Mendocino Coast Railway--Lease and 
Operate-California Western Railroad, 360 I.C.C. 653 (1980).
    The transaction may be consummated on or after September 29, 2010, 
the effective date of the exemption (30 days after the exemption was 
filed).
    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 September 22, 
2010 (at least 7 days before the exemption becomes effective).
    An original and 10 copies of all pleadings, referring to Docket No. 
FD 35415, 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 applicants' representatives: Karl Morell, Of 
Counsel, Ball Janik LLP, Suite 225, 1455 F Street, NW., Washington, DC 
20005; and Mack H. Shummate, Jr., Senior General Attorney, 101 North 
Wacker Drive, 1920, Chicago, IL 60606.
    Board decisions and notices are available on our Web site at http://www.stb.dot.gov.

    Decided: September 3, 2010.

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    By the Board, Joseph H. Dettmar, Acting Director, Office of 
Proceedings.
Kulunie L. Cannon,
Clearance Clerk.
[FR Doc. 2010-22657 Filed 9-14-10; 8:45 am]
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