Iowa Pacific Holdings, LLC and Permian Basin Railways-Continuance in Control Exemption-Rusk, Palestine & Pacific Railroad, LLC, 57188 [2012-22841]

Download as PDF 57188 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 180 / Monday, September 17, 2012 / Notices Please note that even after the comment closing date, we will continue to file relevant information in the Docket as it becomes available. Further, some people may submit late comments. Accordingly, we recommend that you periodically check the Docket for new material. How can I read the comments submitted by other people? You may read the materials placed in the docket for this document (e.g., the comments submitted in response to this document by other interested persons) at any time by going to https:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for accessing the dockets. You may also read the materials at the Docket Management Facility by going to the street address given above under ADDRESSES. The Docket Management Facility is open between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. Authority: 49 U.S.C. 30111, 30168; delegation of authority at 49 CFR 1.50 and 501.8. James F. Simons, Director, Office of Regulatory Analysis and Evaluation. [FR Doc. 2012–22779 Filed 9–14–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–59–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Surface Transportation Board [Docket No. FD 35668] mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Iowa Pacific Holdings, LLC and Permian Basin Railways—Continuance in Control Exemption—Rusk, Palestine & Pacific Railroad, LLC Iowa Pacific Holdings, LLC (IPH) and its wholly owned subsidiary, Permian Basin Railways (PBR), have filed a verified notice of exemption pursuant to 49 CFR 1180.2(d)(2) to continue in control of Rusk, Palestine & Pacific Railroad, LLC (RP&P),1 formerly American Heritage Railways of Texas, LLC (American), upon RP&P’s becoming a Class III rail carrier. IPH and PBR filed a corrected copy of that notice on September 7, 2012. In a concurrently filed verified notice of exemption, RP&P seeks Board approval to operate as a common carrier approximately 27 miles of railroad (the Line) between Rusk and Palestine, Tex.2 1 RP&P is a wholly owned subsidiary of IPH. also seeks incidental trackage rights for the purpose of interchange over approximately 1.3 miles of track owned and operated by the Union Pacific Railroad Company (UP) that connects to UP’s rail yard in Palestine, Tex. 2 RP&P VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:43 Sep 14, 2012 Jkt 226001 The Line has no mileposts. It is currently owned by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Authority and it is leased to the Texas State Railroad Authority, which has entered into an operating agreement with American/RP&P. American had been operating a noncommon carrier intrastate excursion passenger railroad over the Line using the name Texas State Railroad. RP&P plans to continue that service using the name Texas State Railroad and plans to restore common carrier freight service over the Line using the name ‘‘Rusk, Palestine & Pacific Railroad’’. Rusk, Palestine & Pacific R.R.—Operation Exemption— Tex. State R.R. Auth., Docket No. FD 35669. The transaction may be consummated on or after September 29, 2012 (the effective date of the exemption). IPH and PBR subsidiary railroads include: (1) Chicago Terminal Railroad, located in and around Chicago, Ill.; (2) Mount Hood Railroad, located in Oregon; (3) San Luis & Rio Grande Railroad, located in Colorado; (4) Saratoga & North Creek Railway, located in New York; (5) Texas-New Mexico Railroad, located in New Mexico and Texas; and (6) West Texas & Lubbock Railway, located in Texas. IPH and PBR recently have obtained Board authority to continue in control of a new noncarrier subsidiary in California, the Santa Cruz and Monterey Bay Railway Company, upon its becoming a Class III rail carrier. Iowa Pac. Holdings, LLC and Permian Basin Rys.—Continuance in Control Exemption—Santa Cruz and Monterey Bay Ry., FD 35632 (STB served Aug. 17, 2012). IPH and PBR represent that: (1) The Line does not connect with any other railroads in the corporate family; (2) the transaction is not part of a series of anticipated transactions that would connect the Line with any other railroads in the corporate family; and (3) the transaction does not involve a Class I rail carrier. Therefore, the transaction is exempt from the prior approval requirements of 49 U.S.C. 11323. See 49 CFR 1180.2(d)(2). Under 49 U.S.C. 10502(g), the Board may not use its exemption authority to relieve a rail carrier of its statutory obligation to protect the interests of its employees. Section 11326(c), however, does not provide for labor protection for transactions under 11324 and 11325 that involve only Class III rail carriers. Accordingly, the Board may not impose labor protective conditions here, because all of the carriers involved are Class III carriers. If the verified notice contains false or misleading information, the exemption is void ab initio. Petitions to revoke the PO 00000 Frm 00119 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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 no later than September 21, 2012 (at least seven days before the exemption becomes effective). An original and 10 copies of all pleadings, referring to Docket No. FD 35668, must be filed with the Surface Transportation Board, 395 E Street SW., Washington, DC 20423–0001. In addition, one copy of each pleading must be served on John D. Heffner, Strasburger & Price, LLP, 1700 K Street NW., Suite 640, Washington, DC 20006. Board decisions and notices are available on our Web site at www.stb.dot.gov. Decided: September 12, 2012. By the Board, Rachel D. Campbell, Director, Office of Proceedings. Clearance Clerk, Derrick A. Gardner. [FR Doc. 2012–22841 Filed 9–14–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4915–01–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Surface Transportation Board [Docket No. FD 35669] Rusk, Palestine & Pacific Railroad, LLC—Operation Exemption—Texas State Railroad Authority Rusk, Palestine & Pacific Railroad, LLC (RP&P), formerly American Heritage Railways of Texas, LLC (American), a noncarrier subsidiary of Iowa Pacific Holdings, LLC (IPH), has filed a verified notice of exemption under 49 CFR 1150.31 to operate approximately 27 miles of railroad 1 (the Line) between Rusk and Palestine, Tex., currently owned by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Authority. The Line is leased to the Texas State Railroad Authority, which has entered into an operating agreement with American/RP&P. American had been operating a noncommon carrier intrastate excursion passenger railroad over the Line using the name Texas State Railroad. RP&P plans to continue that service using the name Texas State Railroad and plans to restore common carrier freight service over the Line using the name RP&P.2 RP&P also seeks incidental trackage rights for the purpose of interchange over approximately 1.3 miles of track owned and operated by the Union 1 RP&P states there are no mileposts on the line. states that there are no agreements applicable to the line imposing any interchange commitments. 2 RP&P E:\FR\FM\17SEN1.SGM 17SEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Surface Transportation Board

[Docket No. FD 35668]


Iowa Pacific Holdings, LLC and Permian Basin Railways--
Continuance in Control Exemption--Rusk, Palestine & Pacific Railroad, 
LLC

    Iowa Pacific Holdings, LLC (IPH) and its wholly owned subsidiary, 
Permian Basin Railways (PBR), have filed a verified notice of exemption 
pursuant to 49 CFR 1180.2(d)(2) to continue in control of Rusk, 
Palestine & Pacific Railroad, LLC (RP&P),\1\ formerly American Heritage 
Railways of Texas, LLC (American), upon RP&P's becoming a Class III 
rail carrier. IPH and PBR filed a corrected copy of that notice on 
September 7, 2012.
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    \1\ RP&P is a wholly owned subsidiary of IPH.
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    In a concurrently filed verified notice of exemption, RP&P seeks 
Board approval to operate as a common carrier approximately 27 miles of 
railroad (the Line) between Rusk and Palestine, Tex.\2\ The Line has no 
mileposts. It is currently owned by the Texas Parks and Wildlife 
Authority and it is leased to the Texas State Railroad Authority, which 
has entered into an operating agreement with American/RP&P. American 
had been operating a noncommon carrier intrastate excursion passenger 
railroad over the Line using the name Texas State Railroad. RP&P plans 
to continue that service using the name Texas State Railroad and plans 
to restore common carrier freight service over the Line using the name 
``Rusk, Palestine & Pacific Railroad''. Rusk, Palestine & Pacific 
R.R.--Operation Exemption--Tex. State R.R. Auth., Docket No. FD 35669.
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    \2\ RP&P also seeks incidental trackage rights for the purpose 
of interchange over approximately 1.3 miles of track owned and 
operated by the Union Pacific Railroad Company (UP) that connects to 
UP's rail yard in Palestine, Tex.
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    The transaction may be consummated on or after September 29, 2012 
(the effective date of the exemption).
    IPH and PBR subsidiary railroads include: (1) Chicago Terminal 
Railroad, located in and around Chicago, Ill.; (2) Mount Hood Railroad, 
located in Oregon; (3) San Luis & Rio Grande Railroad, located in 
Colorado; (4) Saratoga & North Creek Railway, located in New York; (5) 
Texas-New Mexico Railroad, located in New Mexico and Texas; and (6) 
West Texas & Lubbock Railway, located in Texas. IPH and PBR recently 
have obtained Board authority to continue in control of a new 
noncarrier subsidiary in California, the Santa Cruz and Monterey Bay 
Railway Company, upon its becoming a Class III rail carrier. Iowa Pac. 
Holdings, LLC and Permian Basin Rys.--Continuance in Control 
Exemption--Santa Cruz and Monterey Bay Ry., FD 35632 (STB served Aug. 
17, 2012).
    IPH and PBR represent that: (1) The Line does not connect with any 
other railroads in the corporate family; (2) the transaction is not 
part of a series of anticipated transactions that would connect the 
Line with any other railroads in the corporate family; and (3) the 
transaction does not involve a Class I rail carrier. Therefore, the 
transaction is exempt from the prior approval requirements of 49 U.S.C. 
11323. See 49 CFR 1180.2(d)(2).
    Under 49 U.S.C. 10502(g), the Board may not use its exemption 
authority to relieve a rail carrier of its statutory obligation to 
protect the interests of its employees. Section 11326(c), however, does 
not provide for labor protection for transactions under 11324 and 11325 
that involve only Class III rail carriers. Accordingly, the Board may 
not impose labor protective conditions here, because all of the 
carriers involved are Class III carriers.
    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. Stay petitions must be filed no later than September 21, 
2012 (at least seven days before the exemption becomes effective).
    An original and 10 copies of all pleadings, referring to Docket No. 
FD 35668, must be filed with the Surface Transportation Board, 395 E 
Street SW., Washington, DC 20423-0001. In addition, one copy of each 
pleading must be served on John D. Heffner, Strasburger & Price, LLP, 
1700 K Street NW., Suite 640, Washington, DC 20006.
    Board decisions and notices are available on our Web site at 
www.stb.dot.gov.

    Decided: September 12, 2012.

    By the Board, Rachel D. Campbell, Director, Office of 
Proceedings.
Clearance Clerk,
Derrick A. Gardner.
[FR Doc. 2012-22841 Filed 9-14-12; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4915-01-P