Union Pacific Railroad Company-Abandonment Exemption-in Adams, Weld and Boulder Counties, Colo., 64847 [2012-26069]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 205 / Tuesday, October 23, 2012 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Surface Transportation Board [Docket No. AB 33 (Sub-No. 307X)] Union Pacific Railroad Company— Abandonment Exemption—in Adams, Weld and Boulder Counties, Colo. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Union Pacific Railroad Company (UP) has filed a verified notice of exemption under 49 CFR part 1152 subpart F– Exempt Abandonments to abandon a 23.90-mile freight rail operating easement for the remaining portion of the Boulder Industrial Lead, extending from milepost 9.27 near Eastlake to the end of the line at milepost 33.17 near Valmont, in Adams, Weld and Boulder Counties, Colo. The line traverses United States Postal Service Zip Codes 80241, 80602, 80603, 80516, 80514, 80026 and 80301. UP originally filed its notice of exemption on June 27, 2012. In a decision served on July 26, 2012, at UP’s request, the Board held in abeyance the publication of the notice in the Federal Register and the effectiveness of the abandonment exemption, pending further Board action on a subsequent petition filed by UP seeking exemptions from 49 U.S.C. 10904 (offer of financial assistance procedures) and 49 U.S.C. 10905 (public use conditions) for the proposed abandonment. In a decision served on October 18, 2012, in this docket, the Board granted UP’s petition and exempted the proposed abandonment from the provisions of 10904 and 10905.1 That decision also provided for Federal Register publication of this notice on October 23, 2012, the date from which any remaining deadlines will be calculated. According to UP, the entire Boulder Industrial Lead, including the 23.90mile right-of-way over which UP is seeking to abandon its freight operating easement, along with the Lead’s trackage, structures, and bridges, was sold to the Denver Regional Transportation District (RTD) in June 2009.2 UP states that the line has been 1 In the October 18, 2012 decision, the Board stated that there would not be an opportunity for interested persons to file trail use/rail banking requests. Under Section 8(d) of the National Trail Systems Act, 16 U.S.C. 1247(d), trail use/rail banking is voluntary and can only be implemented if an abandoning railroad agrees to negotiate an agreement. UP stated that it was not willing to negotiate for trail use/rail banking because the rightof-way that makes up the subject portion of the Boulder Lead had already been sold and incorporated into the RTD mass transit system. Therefore, no such requests will be entertained by the Board in this proceeding. 2 UP notes that, in a decision served on October 19, 2001, UP was authorized to discontinue service VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:22 Oct 22, 2012 Jkt 229001 incorporated into the master plan for RTD’s integrated mass transit system known as FasTracks (a regional public passenger rail and bus network for the greater Denver, Colo. area). UP also states that it had retained a common carrier freight operating easement over the entire Lead, and that RTD assumed no common carrier obligation with regard to the line through its purchase of the line. UP points out that, on or prior to consummation of the proposed abandonment, UP will assign to RTD its interest as lessor under a lease with the BNSF Railway Company that was last amended in 1999 that also includes a portion of the Lead extending from milepost 32.0 to milepost 33.0 and a related industrial spur. RTD will remain the owner of the entire Lead after consummation of the proposed abandonment by UP. UP has certified that: (1) No local traffic has moved over the line for at least two years; (2) there is no overhead traffic on the line; (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 two-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 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. This exemption will be effective on November 22, 2012, unless stayed pending reconsideration. Petitions to stay must be filed by November 2, 2012, and petitions to reopen must be filed by November 13, 2012, with the Surface over a portion of the Boulder Industrial Lead extending from milepost 18.79 to milepost 31.0 that allowed the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) to widen Interstate Highway 25 by removing, rather than rebuilding or enlarging, the existing railroad bridge that ran over Interstate Highway 25. UP states that it had an agreement with CDOT providing that, if service were to resume over this segment, UP had the right to rebuild a new bridge over Interstate Highway 25 and would pay for it. PO 00000 Frm 00054 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 64847 Transportation Board, 395 E Street SW., Washington, DC 20423–0001. A copy of any petition filed with the Board should be sent to UP’s representative: Mack H. Shumate, Jr., Senior General Attorney, Union Pacific Railroad Company, 101 North Wacker Drive, Room 1920, Chicago, IL 60606. If the verified notice contains false or misleading information, the exemption is void ab initio. The Board’s Office of Environmental Analysis (OEA) served an environmental assessment (EA) in this proceeding on July 20, 2012, requesting comments by August 6, 2012. In the EA, OEA recommended that the Board not impose environmental conditions on any decision granting abandonment authority. No comments to the EA were filed by the August 6, 2012 due date. Therefore, no conditions will be imposed. Because no environmental or historic preservation issues have been raised by any party or identified by OEA, a Finding of No Significant Impact under 49 CFR 1105.10(g) is made pursuant to 49 CFR 1011.7(a)(2)(ix). Pursuant to the provisions of 49 CFR 1152.29(e)(2), UP shall file a notice of consummation with the Board to signify that it has exercised the authority granted and fully abandoned the line. If consummation has not been effected by UP’s filing of a notice of consummation by October 23, 2013, 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 www.stb. dot.gov. Decided: October 18, 2012. By the Board, Rachel D. Campbell, Director, Office of Proceedings. Derrick A. Gardner, Clearance Clerk. 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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Surface Transportation Board

[Docket No. AB 33 (Sub-No. 307X)]


Union Pacific Railroad Company--Abandonment Exemption--in Adams, 
Weld and Boulder Counties, Colo.

    Union Pacific Railroad Company (UP) has filed a verified notice of 
exemption under 49 CFR part 1152 subpart F-Exempt Abandonments to 
abandon a 23.90-mile freight rail operating easement for the remaining 
portion of the Boulder Industrial Lead, extending from milepost 9.27 
near Eastlake to the end of the line at milepost 33.17 near Valmont, in 
Adams, Weld and Boulder Counties, Colo. The line traverses United 
States Postal Service Zip Codes 80241, 80602, 80603, 80516, 80514, 
80026 and 80301.
    UP originally filed its notice of exemption on June 27, 2012. In a 
decision served on July 26, 2012, at UP's request, the Board held in 
abeyance the publication of the notice in the Federal Register and the 
effectiveness of the abandonment exemption, pending further Board 
action on a subsequent petition filed by UP seeking exemptions from 49 
U.S.C. 10904 (offer of financial assistance procedures) and 49 U.S.C. 
10905 (public use conditions) for the proposed abandonment.
    In a decision served on October 18, 2012, in this docket, the Board 
granted UP's petition and exempted the proposed abandonment from the 
provisions of 10904 and 10905.\1\ That decision also provided for 
Federal Register publication of this notice on October 23, 2012, the 
date from which any remaining deadlines will be calculated.
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    \1\ In the October 18, 2012 decision, the Board stated that 
there would not be an opportunity for interested persons to file 
trail use/rail banking requests. Under Section 8(d) of the National 
Trail Systems Act, 16 U.S.C. 1247(d), trail use/rail banking is 
voluntary and can only be implemented if an abandoning railroad 
agrees to negotiate an agreement. UP stated that it was not willing 
to negotiate for trail use/rail banking because the right-of-way 
that makes up the subject portion of the Boulder Lead had already 
been sold and incorporated into the RTD mass transit system. 
Therefore, no such requests will be entertained by the Board in this 
proceeding.
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    According to UP, the entire Boulder Industrial Lead, including the 
23.90-mile right-of-way over which UP is seeking to abandon its freight 
operating easement, along with the Lead's trackage, structures, and 
bridges, was sold to the Denver Regional Transportation District (RTD) 
in June 2009.\2\ UP states that the line has been incorporated into the 
master plan for RTD's integrated mass transit system known as FasTracks 
(a regional public passenger rail and bus network for the greater 
Denver, Colo. area). UP also states that it had retained a common 
carrier freight operating easement over the entire Lead, and that RTD 
assumed no common carrier obligation with regard to the line through 
its purchase of the line. UP points out that, on or prior to 
consummation of the proposed abandonment, UP will assign to RTD its 
interest as lessor under a lease with the BNSF Railway Company that was 
last amended in 1999 that also includes a portion of the Lead extending 
from milepost 32.0 to milepost 33.0 and a related industrial spur. RTD 
will remain the owner of the entire Lead after consummation of the 
proposed abandonment by UP.
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    \2\ UP notes that, in a decision served on October 19, 2001, UP 
was authorized to discontinue service over a portion of the Boulder 
Industrial Lead extending from milepost 18.79 to milepost 31.0 that 
allowed the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) to widen 
Interstate Highway 25 by removing, rather than rebuilding or 
enlarging, the existing railroad bridge that ran over Interstate 
Highway 25. UP states that it had an agreement with CDOT providing 
that, if service were to resume over this segment, UP had the right 
to rebuild a new bridge over Interstate Highway 25 and would pay for 
it.
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    UP has certified that: (1) No local traffic has moved over the line 
for at least two years; (2) there is no overhead traffic on the line; 
(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 two-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 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.
    This exemption will be effective on November 22, 2012, unless 
stayed pending reconsideration. Petitions to stay must be filed by 
November 2, 2012, and petitions to reopen must be filed by November 13, 
2012, 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 UP's 
representative: Mack H. Shumate, Jr., Senior General Attorney, Union 
Pacific Railroad Company, 101 North Wacker Drive, Room 1920, Chicago, 
IL 60606.
    If the verified notice contains false or misleading information, 
the exemption is void ab initio.
    The Board's Office of Environmental Analysis (OEA) served an 
environmental assessment (EA) in this proceeding on July 20, 2012, 
requesting comments by August 6, 2012. In the EA, OEA recommended that 
the Board not impose environmental conditions on any decision granting 
abandonment authority. No comments to the EA were filed by the August 
6, 2012 due date. Therefore, no conditions will be imposed. Because no 
environmental or historic preservation issues have been raised by any 
party or identified by OEA, a Finding of No Significant Impact under 49 
CFR 1105.10(g) is made pursuant to 49 CFR 1011.7(a)(2)(ix).
    Pursuant to the provisions of 49 CFR 1152.29(e)(2), UP shall file a 
notice of consummation with the Board to signify that it has exercised 
the authority granted and fully abandoned the line. If consummation has 
not been effected by UP's filing of a notice of consummation by October 
23, 2013, 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 
www.stb.dot.gov.

    Decided: October 18, 2012.

    By the Board, Rachel D. Campbell, Director, Office of 
Proceedings.
Derrick A. Gardner,
Clearance Clerk.
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