GNP Rly, Inc.-Acquisition and Operation Exemption-Redmond Spur and Woodinville Subdivision, 57327 [2010-23370]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 181 / Monday, September 20, 2010 / Notices Dated: September 14, 2010. Willem H. Brakel, Director, Office of Environmental Policy, Department of State. [FR Doc. 2010–23425 Filed 9–17–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4710–09–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Surface Transportation Board [Docket No. FD 35407] GNP Rly, Inc.—Acquisition and Operation Exemption—Redmond Spur and Woodinville Subdivision AGENCY: Surface Transportation Board, DOT. Notice of exemption, request for comments. ACTION: On August 24, 2010, GNP Rly, Inc. (GNP), a Class III rail carrier, filed a petition under 49 U.S.C. 10502 for exemption from the provisions of 49 U.S.C. 10902 to acquire and resume rail service over 2 segments of railbanked railroad right-of-way (ROW) totaling 9.1 miles, consisting of: (1) A ROW extending from milepost 0.0, at Woodinville, Wash., to approximately milepost 7.30 at Redmond, Wash. (Redmond Spur); and (2) a ROW extending from milepost 23.8 to milepost 22.0, at or near Woodinville (Woodinville Subdivision).1 The petition for exemption was filed concurrently with GNP’s petition to vacate in part the NITUs issued for the Redmond Spur and a longer segment of the Woodinville Subdivision (extending from milepost 23.8 to milepost 11.25). Those NITUs permitted railbanking/ interim trail use negotiations under the Trails Act, 16 U.S.C. 1247(d). The Board seeks comments from interested persons on GNP’s request to resume rail service and partially vacate the NITUs. DATES: Written comments must be filed with the Board by October 20, 2010. Replies must be filed by November 19, 2010. ADDRESSES: Comments may be submitted either via the Board’s e-filing format or in the traditional paper format. Any person using e-filing should attach a document and otherwise comply with the instructions at the EFILING link on the Board’s Web site, at http://www.stb.dot.gov. Any person jdjones on DSK8KYBLC1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: 1 These segments were the subjects of abandonment proceedings and notices of interim trail use (NITUs) in BNSF Railway Company— Abandonment Exemption—in King County, Wash., AB 6 (Sub-No. 463X) and BNSF Railway Company—Abandonment Exemption—in King County, Wash., AB 6 (Sub-No. 465X). VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:00 Sep 17, 2010 Jkt 220001 submitting a filing in the traditional paper format should send an original and 10 copies to: Surface Transportation Board, Attn: Docket No. FD 35407, 395 E Street, SW., Washington, DC 20423– 0001. In addition, send one copy of any comments to: (1) John Heffner, 1750 K Street, NW., Suite 200, Washington, DC 20006; (2) Charles A. Spitulnik, Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell LLP, 1001 Connecticut Avenue, NW., Suite 800, Washington, DC 20036; (3) Craig Watson, Port of Seattle, Pier 69, P.O. Box 1209, Seattle, WA 98111; and (4) Kristy Clark, BNSF Railway Company, 2500 Lou Menk Drive, AOB–3, Fort Worth, TX 76131. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Julia Farr at 202–245–0359. Assistance for the hearing impaired is available through the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877–8339. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On August 24, 2010, GNP filed a petition under 49 U.S.C. 10502 for exemption from the provisions of 49 U.S.C. 10902 to acquire the ‘‘residual common carrier rights and obligations,’’ including the right to reinstate rail service over the Redmond Spur and a portion of the Woodinville Subdivision. These segments are currently subject to an interim trail use agreement between BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) and King County, a political subdivision of the State of Washington. The Port of Seattle (Port) owns the real estate associated with the lines, which it acquired from BNSF.2 In King County, Wash.—Acquisition Exemption—BNSF Railway Company, FD 35148 (STB served Sept. 18, 2009), the Board granted the request by King County for exemption from 49 U.S.C. 10901 to acquire BNSF’s rights and obligations, including the right to reinstate rail service in the future. GNP’s petition presents this issue: Under what circumstances will the Board grant a carrier’s request to vacate a NITU to permit reactivation of rail service, when the petitioning carrier does not own or have any other interest in the ROW? An interim trail use arrangement is subject to being cut off at any time by the reinstitution of service. Here, the abandoning railroad (BNSF) has transferred its rights and obligations, including the right to reinstate rail service, to King County (the trail sponsor), and a different carrier, GNP, seeks to reinstitute service. GNP states that 2 customers have requested service: Drywall Distributors, a supplier of drywall products, which 2 The Port of Seattle—Acquis. Exemption— Certain Assets of BNSF Ry., FD 35128 (STB served June 20, 2008). PO 00000 Frm 00077 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 57327 anticipates receiving 40 carloads per year; and Building Specialties, a distributor of building products, located in the industrial park formerly served by BNSF, which also anticipates receiving 40 carloads per year. GNP includes a statement in support of its petition from Wallace/Knutsen L.L.C., owner of the industrial park located on the Redmond Spur. In anticipation of reactivation of rail service on the Redmond Spur, Wallace/Knutsen L.L.C. has leased to GNP an unused rail spur that crosses the industrial park and connects to the Redmond Spur. By issuance of this notice, the Board is instituting an exemption proceeding pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 10502(b). A final decision will be issued by June 15, 2011. Decided: September 14, 2010. By the Board. Rachel D. Campbell, Director, Office of Proceedings. Kulunie L. Cannon, Clearance Clerk. [FR Doc. 2010–23370 Filed 9–17–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4915–01–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Highway Administration Environmental Impact Statement; Pinal County, AZ Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of Intent. AGENCY: The FHWA is issuing this notice to advise the public that an Environmental impact Statement will be prepared for a proposed transportation project in Pinal County, Arizona. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kenneth H. Davis, Senior Engineering Manager for Operations, Federal Highway Administration, 4000 N. Central Avenue, Suite 1500, Phoenix, Arizona 85012–1906, Telephone (602) 382–8970, Fax (602) 382–8998, e-mail: Ken.davis@dot.gov; or Mary Frye, Environmental Coordinator, Federal Highway Administration, Arizona Division, 4000 N. Central Avenue, Suite 1500, Phoenix, Arizona 85012–1906, Telephone (602) 382–8979, Fax (602) 382–8998, e-mail: Mary.Frye@dot.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The FHWA, in cooperation with the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), will prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) on a proposed 40-milelong project along a new route located between US 60 on the north and Interstate 10 (I–10) on the south. The SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\20SEN1.SGM 20SEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Surface Transportation Board

[Docket No. FD 35407]


GNP Rly, Inc.--Acquisition and Operation Exemption--Redmond Spur 
and Woodinville Subdivision

AGENCY: Surface Transportation Board, DOT.

ACTION: Notice of exemption, request for comments.

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SUMMARY: On August 24, 2010, GNP Rly, Inc. (GNP), a Class III rail 
carrier, filed a petition under 49 U.S.C. 10502 for exemption from the 
provisions of 49 U.S.C. 10902 to acquire and resume rail service over 2 
segments of railbanked railroad right-of-way (ROW) totaling 9.1 miles, 
consisting of: (1) A ROW extending from milepost 0.0, at Woodinville, 
Wash., to approximately milepost 7.30 at Redmond, Wash. (Redmond Spur); 
and (2) a ROW extending from milepost 23.8 to milepost 22.0, at or near 
Woodinville (Woodinville Subdivision).\1\ The petition for exemption 
was filed concurrently with GNP's petition to vacate in part the NITUs 
issued for the Redmond Spur and a longer segment of the Woodinville 
Subdivision (extending from milepost 23.8 to milepost 11.25). Those 
NITUs permitted railbanking/interim trail use negotiations under the 
Trails Act, 16 U.S.C. 1247(d). The Board seeks comments from interested 
persons on GNP's request to resume rail service and partially vacate 
the NITUs.
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    \1\ These segments were the subjects of abandonment proceedings 
and notices of interim trail use (NITUs) in BNSF Railway Company--
Abandonment Exemption--in King County, Wash., AB 6 (Sub-No. 463X) 
and BNSF Railway Company--Abandonment Exemption--in King County, 
Wash., AB 6 (Sub-No. 465X).

DATES: Written comments must be filed with the Board by October 20, 
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2010. Replies must be filed by November 19, 2010.

ADDRESSES: Comments may be submitted either via the Board's e-filing 
format or in the traditional paper format. Any person using e-filing 
should attach a document and otherwise comply with the instructions at 
the E-FILING link on the Board's Web site, at http://www.stb.dot.gov. 
Any person submitting a filing in the traditional paper format should 
send an original and 10 copies to: Surface Transportation Board, Attn: 
Docket No. FD 35407, 395 E Street, SW., Washington, DC 20423-0001.
    In addition, send one copy of any comments to: (1) John Heffner, 
1750 K Street, NW., Suite 200, Washington, DC 20006; (2) Charles A. 
Spitulnik, Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell LLP, 1001 Connecticut Avenue, NW., 
Suite 800, Washington, DC 20036; (3) Craig Watson, Port of Seattle, 
Pier 69, P.O. Box 1209, Seattle, WA 98111; and (4) Kristy Clark, BNSF 
Railway Company, 2500 Lou Menk Drive, AOB-3, Fort Worth, TX 76131.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Julia Farr at 202-245-0359. Assistance 
for the hearing impaired is available through the Federal Information 
Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On August 24, 2010, GNP filed a petition 
under 49 U.S.C. 10502 for exemption from the provisions of 49 U.S.C. 
10902 to acquire the ``residual common carrier rights and 
obligations,'' including the right to reinstate rail service over the 
Redmond Spur and a portion of the Woodinville Subdivision. These 
segments are currently subject to an interim trail use agreement 
between BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) and King County, a political 
subdivision of the State of Washington. The Port of Seattle (Port) owns 
the real estate associated with the lines, which it acquired from 
BNSF.\2\ In King County, Wash.--Acquisition Exemption--BNSF Railway 
Company, FD 35148 (STB served Sept. 18, 2009), the Board granted the 
request by King County for exemption from 49 U.S.C. 10901 to acquire 
BNSF's rights and obligations, including the right to reinstate rail 
service in the future.
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    \2\ The Port of Seattle--Acquis. Exemption--Certain Assets of 
BNSF Ry., FD 35128 (STB served June 20, 2008).
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    GNP's petition presents this issue: Under what circumstances will 
the Board grant a carrier's request to vacate a NITU to permit 
reactivation of rail service, when the petitioning carrier does not own 
or have any other interest in the ROW? An interim trail use arrangement 
is subject to being cut off at any time by the reinstitution of 
service. Here, the abandoning railroad (BNSF) has transferred its 
rights and obligations, including the right to reinstate rail service, 
to King County (the trail sponsor), and a different carrier, GNP, seeks 
to reinstitute service.
    GNP states that 2 customers have requested service: Drywall 
Distributors, a supplier of drywall products, which anticipates 
receiving 40 carloads per year; and Building Specialties, a distributor 
of building products, located in the industrial park formerly served by 
BNSF, which also anticipates receiving 40 carloads per year. GNP 
includes a statement in support of its petition from Wallace/Knutsen 
L.L.C., owner of the industrial park located on the Redmond Spur. In 
anticipation of reactivation of rail service on the Redmond Spur, 
Wallace/Knutsen L.L.C. has leased to GNP an unused rail spur that 
crosses the industrial park and connects to the Redmond Spur.
    By issuance of this notice, the Board is instituting an exemption 
proceeding pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 10502(b). A final decision will be 
issued by June 15, 2011.

    Decided: September 14, 2010.

    By the Board.
Rachel D. Campbell,
Director, Office of Proceedings.
Kulunie L. Cannon,
Clearance Clerk.
[FR Doc. 2010-23370 Filed 9-17-10; 8:45 am]
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