Maine Northern Railway Company-Modified Rail Certificate-in Aroostook and Penobscot Counties, ME, 35947-35948 [2011-15232]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 118 / Monday, June 20, 2011 / Notices Analysis (OEA) at (202) 245–0305. Assistance for the hearing impaired is available through the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1– 800–877–8339. An environmental assessment (EA) (or environmental impact statement (EIS), if necessary) prepared by OEA will be served upon all parties of record and upon any agencies or other persons who commented during its preparation. Other interested persons may contact OEA to obtain a copy of the EA (or EIS). EAs in these abandonment proceedings normally will be made available within 60 days of the filing of the petition. The deadline for submission of comments on the EA generally will be within 30 days of its service. Board decisions and notices are available on our Web site at ‘‘http:// www.stb.dot.gov.’’ Decided: June 14, 2011. By the Board, Rachel D. Campbell, Director, Office of Proceedings. Jeffrey Herzig, Clearance Clerk. [FR Doc. 2011–15187 Filed 6–17–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4915–01–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Surface Transportation Board [Docket No. FD 35521] Maine Northern Railway Company— Modified Rail Certificate—in Aroostook and Penobscot Counties, ME sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES On June 7, 2011, Maine Northern Railway Company (MNRC) filed a notice for a modified certificate of public convenience and necessity, pursuant to 49 CFR 1150 subpart C—Modified Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity, to lease and operate approximately 233 miles of rail line (the Line) in Aroostook and Penobscot Counties, Me. The Line was the subject of an abandonment application granted by the Board in Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway, Ltd.—Discontinuance of Service and Abandonment—in Aroostook and Penobscot Counties, Me., AB 1043 (Sub-No. 1)(STB served Dec. 27, 2010).1 Although authorized for 1 Specifically, the application, as amended, identified the Line to be abandoned as comprising: (1) The Madawaska Subdivision, consisting of approximately 151 miles of line between milepost 109 near Millinocket and milepost 260 near Madawaska in Penobscot and Aroostook Counties; (2) the Presque Isle Subdivision, consisting of approximately 25.3 miles of line between milepost 0.0 near Squa Pan and milepost 25.3 near Presque Isle in Aroostook County; (3) the Fort Fairfield Subdivision, consisting of approximately 10 miles VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:50 Jun 17, 2011 Jkt 223001 abandonment, the State of Maine, by and through its Department of Transportation (State), sought to preserve service on the Line and purchased the Line pursuant to the class exemption found in Common Carrier Status of States, State Agencies and Instrumentalities, and Political Subdivisions, 363 I.C.C. 132 (1980) (Common Carrier), aff’d sub nom Simmons v. ICC, 697 F.2d 326 (D.C. Cir. 1982), codified at 49 CFR 1150.22. Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway, Ltd. (MMA), the abandoning carrier, was authorized to provide service on the Line on an interim basis while the State conducted a search for a new operator.2 In April 2011, the State selected MNRC as the new operator, and on April 14, 2011, MMA filed its 60-day notice to terminate its interim service.3 Pursuant to a lease and operating agreement (Agreement) dated June 1, 2011, between MNRC and the State, MNRC will provide operations on the Line for an initial term of 10 years, which MNRC may extend for 1 or 2 additional 10-year terms. The Agreement may be terminated, and operations may cease, in whole or in part, during any term upon the occurrence of certain events described in the Agreement. MNRC points out that, as stated in the Agreement, the portion of the Limestone Subdivision between Caribou and the end of the line in Limestone is not operational and will not be operated, as of the date of the Agreement. If future circumstances warrant, MNRC can begin operations on this segment under the Agreement. The transaction in Docket No. FD 35521 is related to the following transactions. (1) In Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway, Ltd.—Trackage Rights Exemption—Maine Northern Railway Company, FD 35505 (STB served May 27, 2011), MMA invoked Board authority for overhead trackage rights being granted to it by MNRC over approximately 151 miles of rail line extending between milepost 109 near Millinocket, Me. and milepost 260 near of line between milepost 0.0 near Presque Isle and milepost 10.0 near Easton in Aroostook County; (4) the Limestone Subdivision, consisting of approximately 29.85 miles of line between milepost 0.0 near Presque Isle and milepost 29.85 near Limestone in Aroostook County and; (5) the Houlton Subdivision, running between milepost 0.0 near Oakfield and milepost 17.27 near Houlton in Aroostook County, and including the B Spur. 2 See Montreal, Me. & Atl. Ry.—Modified Rail Certificate—in Aroostook and Penobscot Cntys., Me., FD 35463 (STB served Jan. 26, 2011). 3 Under 49 CFR 1150.23, rail operations of a carrier under a modified certificate may commence immediately upon the filing of a modified certificate notice with the Board. MNRC, however, will not begin its rail operations until June 15, 2011. PO 00000 Frm 00116 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 35947 Madawaska, Me., to access MMA lines south of Millinocket and the MMA line beyond Madawaska. (2) In Maine Northern Railway Company—Trackage Rights Exemption—Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway, Ltd., FD 35518 (STB served June 3, 2011), MNRC invoked Board authority for overhead trackage rights being granted to it by MMA over MMA’s line extending between Madawaska, Me. (at or about milepost 260 on MMA’s Madawaska Subdivision) and the connection to the Canadian National Railway (CN) in St. Leonard, N.B. (at or about milepost 194.1 on CN’s Nappadoggin Subdivision), plus additional trackage as described in that notice, so that MNRC can directly access CN to the north once MNRC begins its operations. (3) In Maine Northern Railway Company—Trackage Rights Exemption—Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway, Ltd., FD 35519 (STB served June 3, 2011), MNRC invoked Board authority for overhead trackage rights being granted to it by MMA over MMA’s line extending between Millinocket, Me. (at or about milepost 109 on MMA’s Millinocket Subdivision) and Brownville Junction, Me. (at or about milepost 104.84 on the Mattawamkeag Subdivision of the Eastern Maine Railway (EMR)), including MMA’s Brownville Junction Yard, so that MNRC can directly access EMR to the south once MNRC begins its operations. (4) In The New Brunswick Railway Company—Continuance in Control Exemption—Maine Northern Railway Company, FD 35520 (STB served June 3, 2011), The New Brunswick Railway Company (NBRC), the parent company of both EMR and MNRC, was authorized to continue in control of EMR and MNRC once MNRC becomes a Class III carrier after filing the modified certificate notice in Docket No. FD 35521. The Line qualifies for a modified certificate of public convenience and necessity. See Common Carrier and 49 CFR 1150.22. MNRC states that it will receive no subsidies in connection with its operations and that there will be no preconditions that shippers must meet to receive service. This notice will be served on the Association of American Railroads (Car Service Division) as agent for all railroads subscribing to the car-service and car-hire agreement at 425 Third Street, SW., Suite 1000, Washington, DC 20024; and on the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association at 50 F Street, NW., Suite 7020, Washington, DC 20001. E:\FR\FM\20JNN1.SGM 20JNN1 35948 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 118 / Monday, June 20, 2011 / Notices Board decisions and notices are available on our Web site at http:// www.stb.dot.gov. Decided: June 15, 2011. By the Board. Rachel D. Campbell, Director, Office of Proceedings. Jeffrey Herzig, Clearance Clerk. [FR Doc. 2011–15232 Filed 6–17–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4915–01–P DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Office of the Comptroller of the Currency Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), Treasury. ACTION: Notice and request for comment. AGENCY: The OCC, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to comment on a continuing information collection, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a respondent is not required to respond to, an information collection unless it displays a currently valid Office of Management and Budget (OMB) control number. The OCC is soliciting comment concerning its information collection titled, ‘‘Community Reinvestment Act Regulations.’’ The OCC also is giving notice that it has sent the collection to OMB for review. DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before July 20, 2011. ADDRESSES: Communications Division, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Mail Stop 2–3, Attention: 1557–0160, 250 E Street, SW., Washington, DC 20219. In addition, comments may be sent by fax to (202) 874–5274, or by electronic mail to regs.comments@occ.treas.gov. You may personally inspect and photocopy comments at the OCC, 250 E Street, SW., Washington, DC. For security reasons, the OCC requires that visitors make an appointment to inspect comments. You may do so by calling (202) 874–4700. Upon arrival, visitors will be required to present valid government-issued photo identification and to submit to security screening in order to inspect and photocopy comments. sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:50 Jun 17, 2011 Jkt 223001 Additionally, please send a copy of your comments to OCC Desk Officer, 1557–0160, by mail to U.S. Office of Management and Budget, 725 17th Street, NW., #10235, Washington, DC 20503, or by fax to (202) 395–6974. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: You can request additional information or a copy of the collection from Mary H. 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[FR Doc No: 2011-15232]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Surface Transportation Board

[Docket No. FD 35521]


Maine Northern Railway Company--Modified Rail Certificate--in 
Aroostook and Penobscot Counties, ME

    On June 7, 2011, Maine Northern Railway Company (MNRC) filed a 
notice for a modified certificate of public convenience and necessity, 
pursuant to 49 CFR 1150 subpart C--Modified Certificate of Public 
Convenience and Necessity, to lease and operate approximately 233 miles 
of rail line (the Line) in Aroostook and Penobscot Counties, Me.
    The Line was the subject of an abandonment application granted by 
the Board in Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway, Ltd.--Discontinuance 
of Service and Abandonment--in Aroostook and Penobscot Counties, Me., 
AB 1043 (Sub-No. 1)(STB served Dec. 27, 2010).\1\ Although authorized 
for abandonment, the State of Maine, by and through its Department of 
Transportation (State), sought to preserve service on the Line and 
purchased the Line pursuant to the class exemption found in Common 
Carrier Status of States, State Agencies and Instrumentalities, and 
Political Subdivisions, 363 I.C.C. 132 (1980) (Common Carrier), aff'd 
sub nom Simmons v. ICC, 697 F.2d 326 (D.C. Cir. 1982), codified at 49 
CFR 1150.22. Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway, Ltd. (MMA), the 
abandoning carrier, was authorized to provide service on the Line on an 
interim basis while the State conducted a search for a new operator.\2\ 
In April 2011, the State selected MNRC as the new operator, and on 
April 14, 2011, MMA filed its 60-day notice to terminate its interim 
service.\3\
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    \1\ Specifically, the application, as amended, identified the 
Line to be abandoned as comprising: (1) The Madawaska Subdivision, 
consisting of approximately 151 miles of line between milepost 109 
near Millinocket and milepost 260 near Madawaska in Penobscot and 
Aroostook Counties; (2) the Presque Isle Subdivision, consisting of 
approximately 25.3 miles of line between milepost 0.0 near Squa Pan 
and milepost 25.3 near Presque Isle in Aroostook County; (3) the 
Fort Fairfield Subdivision, consisting of approximately 10 miles of 
line between milepost 0.0 near Presque Isle and milepost 10.0 near 
Easton in Aroostook County; (4) the Limestone Subdivision, 
consisting of approximately 29.85 miles of line between milepost 0.0 
near Presque Isle and milepost 29.85 near Limestone in Aroostook 
County and; (5) the Houlton Subdivision, running between milepost 
0.0 near Oakfield and milepost 17.27 near Houlton in Aroostook 
County, and including the B Spur.
    \2\ See Montreal, Me. & Atl. Ry.--Modified Rail Certificate--in 
Aroostook and Penobscot Cntys., Me., FD 35463 (STB served Jan. 26, 
2011).
    \3\ Under 49 CFR 1150.23, rail operations of a carrier under a 
modified certificate may commence immediately upon the filing of a 
modified certificate notice with the Board. MNRC, however, will not 
begin its rail operations until June 15, 2011.
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    Pursuant to a lease and operating agreement (Agreement) dated June 
1, 2011, between MNRC and the State, MNRC will provide operations on 
the Line for an initial term of 10 years, which MNRC may extend for 1 
or 2 additional 10-year terms. The Agreement may be terminated, and 
operations may cease, in whole or in part, during any term upon the 
occurrence of certain events described in the Agreement. MNRC points 
out that, as stated in the Agreement, the portion of the Limestone 
Subdivision between Caribou and the end of the line in Limestone is not 
operational and will not be operated, as of the date of the Agreement. 
If future circumstances warrant, MNRC can begin operations on this 
segment under the Agreement.
    The transaction in Docket No. FD 35521 is related to the following 
transactions.
    (1) In Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway, Ltd.--Trackage Rights 
Exemption--Maine Northern Railway Company, FD 35505 (STB served May 27, 
2011), MMA invoked Board authority for overhead trackage rights being 
granted to it by MNRC over approximately 151 miles of rail line 
extending between milepost 109 near Millinocket, Me. and milepost 260 
near Madawaska, Me., to access MMA lines south of Millinocket and the 
MMA line beyond Madawaska.
    (2) In Maine Northern Railway Company--Trackage Rights Exemption--
Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway, Ltd., FD 35518 (STB served June 3, 
2011), MNRC invoked Board authority for overhead trackage rights being 
granted to it by MMA over MMA's line extending between Madawaska, Me. 
(at or about milepost 260 on MMA's Madawaska Subdivision) and the 
connection to the Canadian National Railway (CN) in St. Leonard, N.B. 
(at or about milepost 194.1 on CN's Nappadoggin Subdivision), plus 
additional trackage as described in that notice, so that MNRC can 
directly access CN to the north once MNRC begins its operations.
    (3) In Maine Northern Railway Company--Trackage Rights Exemption--
Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway, Ltd., FD 35519 (STB served June 3, 
2011), MNRC invoked Board authority for overhead trackage rights being 
granted to it by MMA over MMA's line extending between Millinocket, Me. 
(at or about milepost 109 on MMA's Millinocket Subdivision) and 
Brownville Junction, Me. (at or about milepost 104.84 on the 
Mattawamkeag Subdivision of the Eastern Maine Railway (EMR)), including 
MMA's Brownville Junction Yard, so that MNRC can directly access EMR to 
the south once MNRC begins its operations.
    (4) In The New Brunswick Railway Company--Continuance in Control 
Exemption--Maine Northern Railway Company, FD 35520 (STB served June 3, 
2011), The New Brunswick Railway Company (NBRC), the parent company of 
both EMR and MNRC, was authorized to continue in control of EMR and 
MNRC once MNRC becomes a Class III carrier after filing the modified 
certificate notice in Docket No. FD 35521.
    The Line qualifies for a modified certificate of public convenience 
and necessity. See Common Carrier and 49 CFR 1150.22. MNRC states that 
it will receive no subsidies in connection with its operations and that 
there will be no preconditions that shippers must meet to receive 
service.
    This notice will be served on the Association of American Railroads 
(Car Service Division) as agent for all railroads subscribing to the 
car-service and car-hire agreement at 425 Third Street, SW., Suite 
1000, Washington, DC 20024; and on the American Short Line and Regional 
Railroad Association at 50 F Street, NW., Suite 7020, Washington, DC 
20001.

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    Board decisions and notices are available on our Web site at http://www.stb.dot.gov.

    Decided: June 15, 2011.

    By the Board.
Rachel D. Campbell,
Director, Office of Proceedings.
Jeffrey Herzig,
Clearance Clerk.
[FR Doc. 2011-15232 Filed 6-17-11; 8:45 am]
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