Notice of Application for Approval of Discontinuance or Modification of a Railroad Signal System, 71487-71488 [2010-29473]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 225 / Tuesday, November 23, 2010 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Surface Transportation Board [Docket No. AB 290 (Sub-No. 318X); AB 1059X] Norfolk Southern Railway Company— Abandonment Exemption—in Crawford County, GA; Georgia Midland Railroad, Inc.1—Discontinuance of Service Exemption—in Crawford County, GA mstockstill on DSKH9S0YB1PROD with NOTICES Norfolk Southern Railway Company (NSR) and Georgia Midland Railroad, Inc. (GMR) (collectively, applicants) have jointly filed a verified notice of exemption under 49 CFR part 1152 subpart F—Exempt Abandonments and Discontinuances of Service and Trackage Rights for NSR to abandon, and for GMR to discontinue service over, a 5.06-mile portion of rail line (the Perry line), between milepost FV 90.44 and milepost FV 95.50, in Roberta, Crawford County, Ga.2 The line traverses United States Postal Service Zip Code 31078. Applicants have certified that: (1) No local traffic has moved over the line for at least 2 years; (2) any overhead traffic can be rerouted over other lines; (3) no formal complaint filed by a user of rail service on the line (or by a state or local government entity acting on behalf of such user) regarding cessation of service over the line either is pending with the Surface Transportation Board (Board) or with any U.S. District Court or has been decided in favor of complainant within the 2-year period; and (4) the requirements at 49 CFR 1105.7(c) (environmental report), 49 CFR 1105.11 (transmittal letter), 49 CFR 1105.12 (newspaper publication), and 49 CFR 1152.50(d)(1) (notice to governmental agencies) have been met. As a condition to these exemptions, any employee adversely affected by the abandonment or discontinuance shall be protected under Oregon Short Line Railroad—Abandonment Portion Goshen Branch Between Firth & Ammon, in Bingham & Bonneville Counties, Idaho, 360 I.C.C. 91 (1979). To address whether this condition adequately protects affected employees, a petition for partial revocation under 49 U.S.C. 10502(d) must be filed. 1 Based on information in a letter from one of NSR’s attorneys, this is the correct name of the discontinuing railroad—not Georgia Midland Railroad Company, as indicated in the notice. 2 In Georgia Midland Railroad, Inc.—Acquisition and Operation Exemption—Ogeechee Railway Company, FD 34466 (STB served Mar. 12, 2004), GMR was authorized to sublease and operate the Perry line as well as two other lines (the Metter line and the Sylvania line) in Georgia. This proceeding only involves a portion of the Perry line. VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:02 Nov 22, 2010 Jkt 223001 Provided no formal expression of intent to file an offer of financial assistance (OFA) has been received, these exemptions will be effective on December 23, 2010, unless stayed pending reconsideration. Petitions to stay that do not involve environmental issues,3 formal expressions of intent to file an OFA under 49 CFR § 1152.27(c)(2),4 and trail use/rail banking requests under 49 CFR 1152.29 must be filed by December 3, 2010. Petitions to reopen or requests for public use conditions under 49 CFR 1152.28 must be filed by December 13, 2010, with: Surface Transportation Board, 395 E Street, SW., Washington, DC 20423–0001. A copy of any petition filed with the Board should be sent to applicants’ representatives: (1) Daniel G. Kruger, Three Commercial Place, Norfolk, VA 23510, and (2) Thomas F. McFarland, 208 South LaSalle Street, Suite 1890, Chicago, IL 60604. If the verified notice contains false or misleading information, the exemptions are void ab initio. Applicants have filed a joint combined environmental and historic report, which addresses the effects, if any, of the abandonment and discontinuance on the environment and historic resources. OEA will issue an environmental assessment (EA) by November 26, 2010. Interested persons may obtain a copy of the EA by writing to OEA (Room 1100, Surface Transportation Board, Washington, DC 20423–0001) or by calling OEA, at (202) 245–0305. Assistance for the hearing impaired is available through the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877–8339. Comments on environmental and historic preservation matters must be filed within 15 days after the EA becomes available to the public. Environmental, historic preservation, public use, or trail use/rail banking conditions will be imposed, where appropriate, in a subsequent decision. Pursuant to the provisions of 49 CFR 1152.29(e)(2), NSR shall file a notice of consummation with the Board to signify that it has exercised the authority granted and fully abandoned the line. If 3 The Board will grant a stay if an informed decision on environmental issues (whether raised by a party or by the Board’s Office of Environmental Analysis (OEA) in its independent investigation) cannot be made before the abandonment exemption’s effective date. See Exemption of Outof-Serv. Rail Lines, 5 I.C.C.2d 377 (1989). Any request for a stay should be filed as soon as possible so that the Board may take appropriate action before the exemption’s effective date. 4 Each OFA must be accompanied by the filing fee, which is currently set at $1,500. See 49 CFR 1002.2(f)(25). PO 00000 Frm 00076 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 71487 consummation has not been effected by NSR’s filing of a notice of consummation by November 23, 2011, and there are no legal or regulatory barriers to consummation, the authority to abandon will automatically expire. Board decisions and notices are available on our Web site at https:// www.stb.dot.gov. Decided: November 16, 2010. By the Board, Rachel D. Campbell, Director, Office of Proceedings. Jeffrey Herzig, Clearance Clerk. [FR Doc. 2010–29365 Filed 11–22–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4915–01–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Railroad Administration Notice of Application for Approval of Discontinuance or Modification of a Railroad Signal System Pursuant to Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 235 and 49 U.S.C. 20502(a), the following railroad has petitioned the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) seeking approval for the discontinuance or modification of a signal system, as detailed below. Docket Number FRA–2010–0159 Applicant: BNSF Railway, Mr. James LeVere, AVP Signals, BNSF Railway Company, 2600 Lou Menk Drive, OOB 3, Fort Worth, Texas 76131. The BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) seeks relief from the requirements of 49 CFR 235.5 to expedite successful installation of Positive Train Control (PTC) mandated by the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008. BNSF will be updating first generation, nonmicroprocessor based coded track circuitry, eliminating certain searchlight signal mechanisms, relocating signals to more advantageous locations and other desired modifications not previously addressed, which may otherwise require the submission of an application. In requesting this waiver, BNSF proposes to perform minimal modifications to existing signal systems, while maintaining compliance with part 236 in the same manner and process as provided for under 49 CFR 235.7(c)(24)(vi). Providing identification of the proposed changes to FRA’s regional office having jurisdiction in the affected area would expedite desired modification of existing signal systems in preparation for the installation of PTC, while reducing the administrative workload for both FRA and BNSF. Additionally, this relief would reduce the approval delay, while still providing E:\FR\FM\23NON1.SGM 23NON1 mstockstill on DSKH9S0YB1PROD with NOTICES 71488 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 225 / Tuesday, November 23, 2010 / Notices FRA review and oversight of the proposed changes in the same manner as pole line elimination projects. Interested parties are invited to participate in these proceedings by submitting written views, data, or comments. FRA does not anticipate scheduling a public hearing in connection with these proceedings since the facts do not appear to warrant a hearing. If any interested party desires an opportunity for oral comment, they should notify FRA, in writing, before the end of the comment period and specify the basis for their request. All communications concerning these proceedings should identify the appropriate docket number (Docket Number FRA–2010–0159) and may be submitted by any of the following methods: • Web site: https:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. • Fax: 202–493–2251. • Mail: Docket Operations Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., W12–140, Washington, DC 20590. • Hand Delivery: 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Room W12–140, Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. Communications received within 45 days of the date of this notice will be considered by FRA before final action is taken. Comments received after that date will be considered as far as practicable. All written communications concerning these proceedings are available for examination during regular business hours (9 a.m.–5 p.m.) at the above facility. All documents in the public docket are also available for inspection and copying on the Internet at the docket facility’s Web site at https://www.regulations.gov. Anyone is able to search the electronic form of any written communications and comments received into any of our dockets by the name of the individual submitting the comment (or signing the comment, if submitted on behalf of an association, business, labor union, etc.). You may review DOT’s complete Privacy Act Statement in the Federal Register published on April 11, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 70; Pages 19477–78). Issued in Washington, DC on November 17, 2010. Michael Logue, Deputy Associate Administrator for Safety Compliance and Program Implementation. [FR Doc. 2010–29473 Filed 11–22–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–06–P VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:02 Nov 22, 2010 Jkt 223001 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Railroad Administration [Docket Number FRA–2010–0160] Notice of Application for Approval of Discontinuance or Modification of a Railroad Signal System Pursuant to Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 235 and 49 U.S.C. 20502(a), the following railroad has petitioned the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) seeking approval for the discontinuance or modification of the signal system, as detailed below. Applicant: CSX Transportation, Mr. Joseph Ivanyo, Chief Engineer, Communications and Signals, 500 Water Street, SC J–350, Jacksonville, FL 32202. The CSX Transportation, Inc. (CSXT) seeks relief from the requirements of 49 CFR Section 235.5 to expedite successful installation of the Positive Train Control (PTC) mandated by the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008. CSXT will be updating first generation, non-microprocessor based coded track circuitry, eliminating certain searchlight signal mechanisms, relocating signals to more advantageous locations and other desired modifications not previously addressed, which may otherwise require the submission of an application. In requesting this waiver, CSXT proposes to perform minimal modifications to existing signal systems, while maintaining compliance with Part 236 in the same manner and process as provided for under 49 CFR 235.7(c)(24)(vi). Providing identification of the proposed changes to FRA’s regional office having jurisdiction in the affected area would expedite desired modification of existing signal systems in preparation for the installation of PTC, while reducing the administrative workload for both FRA and CSXT. Additionally, this relief would reduce the approval delay, while still providing FRA review and oversight of the proposed changes in the same manner as pole line elimination projects. Interested parties are invited to participate in these proceedings by submitting written views, data, or comments. FRA does not anticipate scheduling a public hearing in connection with these proceedings since the facts do not appear to warrant a hearing. If any interested party desires an opportunity for oral comment, they should notify FRA, in writing, before the end of the comment period and specify the basis for their request. All communications concerning these proceedings should identify the appropriate docket number (Docket No. PO 00000 Frm 00077 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 FRA–2010–0160) and may be submitted by any of the following methods: • Web site: https:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. • Fax: 202–493–2251. • Mail: Docket Operations Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., W12–140, Washington, DC 20590. • Hand Delivery: 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Room W12–140, Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. Communications received within 45 days of the date of this notice will be considered by FRA before final action is taken. Comments received after that date will be considered as far as practicable. All written communications concerning these proceedings are available for examination during regular business hours (9 a.m.–5 p.m.) at the above facility. All documents in the public docket are also available for inspection and copying on the Internet at the docket facility’s Web site at https://www.regulations.gov. Anyone is able to search the electronic form of any written communications and comments received into any of our dockets by the name of the individual submitting the comment (or signing the comment, if submitted on behalf of an association, business, labor union, etc.). You may review DOT’s complete Privacy Act Statement in the Federal Register published on April 11, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 70; Pages 19477–78). Issued in Washington, DC on November 17, 2010. Michael Logue, Deputy Associate Administrator for Safety Compliance and Program Implementation. [FR Doc. 2010–29474 Filed 11–22–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–06–P DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request November 16, 2010. The Department of the Treasury will submit the following public information collection requirements to OMB for review and clearance under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104–13 on or after the date of publication of this notice. 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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Railroad Administration


Notice of Application for Approval of Discontinuance or 
Modification of a Railroad Signal System

    Pursuant to Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 235 and 
49 U.S.C. 20502(a), the following railroad has petitioned the Federal 
Railroad Administration (FRA) seeking approval for the discontinuance 
or modification of a signal system, as detailed below.

Docket Number FRA-2010-0159

    Applicant: BNSF Railway, Mr. James LeVere, AVP Signals, BNSF 
Railway Company, 2600 Lou Menk Drive, OOB 3, Fort Worth, Texas 76131.
    The BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) seeks relief from the requirements 
of 49 CFR 235.5 to expedite successful installation of Positive Train 
Control (PTC) mandated by the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008. BNSF 
will be updating first generation, non-microprocessor based coded track 
circuitry, eliminating certain searchlight signal mechanisms, 
relocating signals to more advantageous locations and other desired 
modifications not previously addressed, which may otherwise require the 
submission of an application.
    In requesting this waiver, BNSF proposes to perform minimal 
modifications to existing signal systems, while maintaining compliance 
with part 236 in the same manner and process as provided for under 49 
CFR 235.7(c)(24)(vi). Providing identification of the proposed changes 
to FRA's regional office having jurisdiction in the affected area would 
expedite desired modification of existing signal systems in preparation 
for the installation of PTC, while reducing the administrative workload 
for both FRA and BNSF. Additionally, this relief would reduce the 
approval delay, while still providing

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FRA review and oversight of the proposed changes in the same manner as 
pole line elimination projects.
    Interested parties are invited to participate in these proceedings 
by submitting written views, data, or comments. FRA does not anticipate 
scheduling a public hearing in connection with these proceedings since 
the facts do not appear to warrant a hearing. If any interested party 
desires an opportunity for oral comment, they should notify FRA, in 
writing, before the end of the comment period and specify the basis for 
their request.
    All communications concerning these proceedings should identify the 
appropriate docket number (Docket Number FRA-2010-0159) and may be 
submitted by any of the following methods:
     Web site: https://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online 
instructions for submitting comments.
     Fax: 202-493-2251.
     Mail: Docket Operations Facility, U.S. Department of 
Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., W12-140, Washington, DC 
20590.
     Hand Delivery: 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Room W12-140, 
Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, 
except Federal holidays.
    Communications received within 45 days of the date of this notice 
will be considered by FRA before final action is taken. Comments 
received after that date will be considered as far as practicable. All 
written communications concerning these proceedings are available for 
examination during regular business hours (9 a.m.-5 p.m.) at the above 
facility. All documents in the public docket are also available for 
inspection and copying on the Internet at the docket facility's Web 
site at https://www.regulations.gov.
    Anyone is able to search the electronic form of any written 
communications and comments received into any of our dockets by the 
name of the individual submitting the comment (or signing the comment, 
if submitted on behalf of an association, business, labor union, etc.). 
You may review DOT's complete Privacy Act Statement in the Federal 
Register published on April 11, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 70; Pages 
19477-78).

    Issued in Washington, DC on November 17, 2010.
Michael Logue,
Deputy Associate Administrator for Safety Compliance and Program 
Implementation.
[FR Doc. 2010-29473 Filed 11-22-10; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4910-06-P