Caddo Valley Railroad Company-Abandonment Exemption-in Clark, Pike, and Montgomery Counties, AR, 71125-71126 [2011-29591]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 221 / Wednesday, November 16, 2011 / Notices mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES [FR Doc. 2011–29592 Filed 11–15–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4915–01–P VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:45 Nov 15, 2011 Jkt 226001 Caddo Valley Railroad Company (CVRR) has filed a verified notice of exemption under 49 CFR part 1152 subpart F—Exempt Abandonments to abandon the portion of the Norman Branch Line extending between milepost 447, near Antoine, to milepost 479.2, at the end of the line near Birds Mill, a distance of 32.2 miles, in Clark, Pike, and Montgomery Counties, Ark. (the line).1 The line traverses United States Postal Service Zip Codes 71921, 71922, 71940, and 71943. CVRR has certified that: (1) No local traffic has moved over the line for at least 2 years; (2) the line is stub-ended and not capable of handling overhead traffic; (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. CVRR has further certified that 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 this exemption, any employee adversely affected by the abandonment 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. Provided no formal expression of intent to file an offer of financial assistance (OFA) has been received, this exemption will be effective on December 16, 2011, unless stayed pending reconsideration.2 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 November 28, 2011. Petitions to reopen or requests for public use conditions under 49 CFR 1152.28 must be filed by December 6, 2011, with the Surface Transportation Board, 395 E Street SW., Washington, DC 20423– 0001. A copy of any petition filed with the Board should be sent to CVRR’s representative: Richard H. Streeter, 5255 Partridge Lane NW., Washington, DC 20016. If the verified notice contains false or misleading information, the exemption is void ab initio. CVRR has filed a combined environmental and historic report that addresses the effects, if any, of the abandonment on the environment and historic resources. OEA will issue an environmental assessment (EA) by November 21, 2011. 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 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), CVRR shall file a notice of consummation with the Board to signify that it has exercised the authority granted and fully abandoned the Line. If 1 On November 9, 2011, CVRR filed a letter with the Board attaching a letter dated October 7, 2011, from counsel for Arkansas Midland Railroad Company, Inc. (AKMD). AKMD notes that CVRR acquired the Norman Branch, which includes the line at issue here, from AKMD under the Board’s feeder line statute at 49 U.S.C. 10907. See Caddo Antoine & Little Mo. R.R.—Feeder Line Acquis.— Ark. Midland R.R. Co. Line Between Gurdon & Birds Mill, Ark., 4 S.T.B. 326 (1999). AKMD further states that on September 29, 2011, AKMD reacquired from CVRR the segment of the Norman Branch between milepost 426.88 in Gurdon and milepost 429.45 north of Gurdon and, as part of the same transaction, waived its statutory right of first refusal with respect to the rest of the Norman Branch. See 49 U.S.C. 10907(h). rail service and salvage of the line, the line may be suitable for other public use, including interim trail use. Any request for a public use condition under 49 CFR 1152.28 or for trail use/rail banking under 49 CFR 1152.29 will be due no later than December 6, 2011. Each trail request must be accompanied by a $250 filing fee. See 49 CFR 1002.2(f)(27). All filings in response to this notice must refer to Docket No. AB 1076 (SubNo. 1X), and must be sent to: (1) Surface Transportation Board, 395 E Street SW., Washington, DC 20423–0001; and (2) Richard H. Streeter, 5255 Partridge Lane NW., Washington, DC 20016. Replies to the petition are due on or before December 6, 2011. Persons seeking further information concerning abandonment procedures may contact the Board’s Office of Public Assistance, Governmental Affairs and Compliance at (202) 245–0238 or refer to the full abandonment regulations at 49 CFR pt. 1152. Questions concerning environmental issues may be directed to the Board’s Office of Environmental 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: November 10, 2011. By the Board, Rachel D. Campbell, Director, Office of Proceedings. Jeffrey Herzig, Clearance Clerk. 71125 2 CVRR indicated a proposed consummation date of December 12, 2011. The earliest this transaction may be consummated is December 16, 2011. See 49 CFR 1152.50(d)(2). 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 exemption’s effective date. See Exemption of Out-of-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). DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Surface Transportation Board [Docket No. AB 1076X] Caddo Valley Railroad Company— Abandonment Exemption—in Clark, Pike, and Montgomery Counties, AR PO 00000 Frm 00172 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\16NON1.SGM 16NON1 71126 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 221 / Wednesday, November 16, 2011 / Notices mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES consummation has not been effected by CVRR’s filing of a notice of consummation by November 16, 2012, and there are no legal or regulatory barriers to consummation, the authority to abandon will automatically expire. VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:45 Nov 15, 2011 Jkt 226001 Board decisions and notices are available on our Web site at http:// www.stb.dot.gov. Decided: November 10, 2011. PO 00000 By the Board, Rachel D. Campbell, Director, Office of Proceedings. Jeffrey Herzig, Clearance Unit. [FR Doc. 2011–29591 Filed 11–15–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4915–01–P Frm 00173 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 E:\FR\FM\16NON1.SGM 16NON1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Surface Transportation Board

[Docket No. AB 1076X]


Caddo Valley Railroad Company--Abandonment Exemption--in Clark, 
Pike, and Montgomery Counties, AR

    Caddo Valley Railroad Company (CVRR) has filed a verified notice of 
exemption under 49 CFR part 1152 subpart F--Exempt Abandonments to 
abandon the portion of the Norman Branch Line extending between 
milepost 447, near Antoine, to milepost 479.2, at the end of the line 
near Birds Mill, a distance of 32.2 miles, in Clark, Pike, and 
Montgomery Counties, Ark. (the line).\1\ The line traverses United 
States Postal Service Zip Codes 71921, 71922, 71940, and 71943.
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    \1\ On November 9, 2011, CVRR filed a letter with the Board 
attaching a letter dated October 7, 2011, from counsel for Arkansas 
Midland Railroad Company, Inc. (AKMD). AKMD notes that CVRR acquired 
the Norman Branch, which includes the line at issue here, from AKMD 
under the Board's feeder line statute at 49 U.S.C. 10907. See Caddo 
Antoine & Little Mo. R.R.--Feeder Line Acquis.--Ark. Midland R.R. 
Co. Line Between Gurdon & Birds Mill, Ark., 4 S.T.B. 326 (1999). 
AKMD further states that on September 29, 2011, AKMD reacquired from 
CVRR the segment of the Norman Branch between milepost 426.88 in 
Gurdon and milepost 429.45 north of Gurdon and, as part of the same 
transaction, waived its statutory right of first refusal with 
respect to the rest of the Norman Branch. See 49 U.S.C. 10907(h).
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    CVRR has certified that: (1) No local traffic has moved over the 
line for at least 2 years; (2) the line is stub-ended and not capable 
of handling overhead traffic; (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. CVRR has further certified that 
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 this exemption, any employee adversely affected 
by the abandonment 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.
    Provided no formal expression of intent to file an offer of 
financial assistance (OFA) has been received, this exemption will be 
effective on December 16, 2011, unless stayed pending 
reconsideration.\2\ 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 November 28, 2011. Petitions to reopen or 
requests for public use conditions under 49 CFR 1152.28 must be filed 
by December 6, 2011, with the Surface Transportation Board, 395 E 
Street SW., Washington, DC 20423-0001.
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    \2\ CVRR indicated a proposed consummation date of December 12, 
2011. The earliest this transaction may be consummated is December 
16, 2011. See 49 CFR 1152.50(d)(2).
    \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 exemption's effective date. 
See Exemption of Out-of-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).
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    A copy of any petition filed with the Board should be sent to 
CVRR's representative: Richard H. Streeter, 5255 Partridge Lane NW., 
Washington, DC 20016.
    If the verified notice contains false or misleading information, 
the exemption is void ab initio.
    CVRR has filed a combined environmental and historic report that 
addresses the effects, if any, of the abandonment on the environment 
and historic resources. OEA will issue an environmental assessment (EA) 
by November 21, 2011. 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 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), CVRR shall file 
a notice of consummation with the Board to signify that it has 
exercised the authority granted and fully abandoned the Line. If

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consummation has not been effected by CVRR's filing of a notice of 
consummation by November 16, 2012, 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 http://www.stb.dot.gov.

    Decided: November 10, 2011.

    By the Board, Rachel D. Campbell, Director, Office of 
Proceedings.
Jeffrey Herzig,
Clearance Unit.
[FR Doc. 2011-29591 Filed 11-15-11; 8:45 am]
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