BNSF Railway Company, CBEC Railway Inc., Iowa Interstate Railroad, Ltd., and Union Pacific Railroad Company-Joint Relocation Project Exemption-In Council Bluffs, Iowa, 65040-65041 [2013-25740]

Download as PDF 65040 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 210 / Wednesday, October 30, 2013 / Notices checked. We estimate the time to complete the survey for the medical review contact in each State to be 2.5 hours. Additionally, we estimate 2.5 hours of time for each medical review contact to review and edit the narrative describing their State’s medical review structure and process. This estimate includes the time that may be required to respond to telephone contacts made by TransAnalytics if necessary, to follow-up or clarify survey responses. The total estimated annual burden will be 255 hours (5 hours for each respondent, 50 States + Washington, DC). Survey respondents will incur no costs from the data collection and will incur no record keeping burden and no record keeping cost from the information collection. Authority: 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A). Issued on October 25, 2013. Jeffrey Michael, Associate Administrator, Research and Program Development. [FR Doc. 2013–25793 Filed 10–29–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–59–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Surface Transportation Board [Docket No. AB 314 (Sub-No. 6X)] emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES Chicago Central & Pacific Railroad Company—Abandonment Exemption— in Linn County, Iowa Chicago Central & Pacific Railroad Company (CCP) 1 has filed a verified notice of exemption under 49 CFR part 1152 subpart F–Exempt Abandonments to abandon an approximately 0.49-mile line of railroad extending between milepost 230.24 and milepost 229.75 in Cedar Rapids, Linn County, Iowa (the Line). The Line traverses United States Postal Service Zip Code 52302. CCP 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 to 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 two-year period; and (4) the requirements at 49 CFR 1105.7(c) (environmental report), 49 CFR 1105.11 1 CCP is an indirect subsidiary of Canadian National Railway Company (CNR) and is controlled by Grand Trunk Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of CNR. VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:58 Oct 29, 2013 Jkt 232001 (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 November 29, 2013, 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 12, 2013. Petitions to reopen or requests for public use conditions under 49 CFR 1152.28 must be filed by November 19, 2013, 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 CCP’s representative: Audrey L. Brodrick, Fletcher & Sippel LLC, 29 N. Wacker Dr., Suite 920, Chicago, IL 60606. If the verified notice contains false or misleading information, the exemption is void ab initio. CCP has filed a combined environmental and historic report that addresses the effects, if any, of the abandonment on the environment and historic resources. OEA issued an environmental assessment (EA) on October 23, 2013. Interested persons may obtain a copy of the EA by writing to OEA (Room 1100, Surface Transportation Board, Washington, DC 2 This notice was scheduled to be published in the Federal Register during the time that the agency was closed due to a lapse in appropriations. Because publication of this notice has been delayed, the effective date of the exemption will also be delayed to provide adequate notice to the public. 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 $1,600. See 49 CFR 1002.2(f)(25). PO 00000 Frm 00134 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 20423–0001) or by calling OEA at (202) 245–0305. Assistance for the hearing impaired is available through the Federal Information Relay Service at (800) 877–8339. Comments on environmental and historic preservation matters must be filed by November 7, 2013. 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), CCP 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 CCP’s filing of a notice of consummation by October 30, 2014, 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 24, 2013. By the Board, Rachel D. Campbell, Director, Office of Proceedings. Jeffrey Herzig, Clearance Clerk. [FR Doc. 2013–25741 Filed 10–29–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4915–01–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Surface Transportation Board [Docket No. FD 35755] BNSF Railway Company, CBEC Railway Inc., Iowa Interstate Railroad, Ltd., and Union Pacific Railroad Company—Joint Relocation Project Exemption—In Council Bluffs, Iowa On September 30, 2013, BNSF Railway Company (BNSF), CBEC Railway Inc. (CBEC), Iowa Interstate Railroad, Ltd. (IAIS), and Union Pacific Railroad Company (UP) (collectively, applicants) jointly filed a verified notice of exemption under 49 CFR 1180.2(d)(5) to participate in a joint relocation project in Council Bluffs, Iowa (the City). The purpose of the joint relocation project is to facilitate the reconstruction of Interstates 80 and 29 in Council Bluffs. The Council Bluffs Interstate System (CBIS) Improvements Project is a public works project initiated by the Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) that involves the joint relocation project and an acquisition by IAIS of a line of railroad owned by BNSF.1 1 Iowa Interstate R.R.—Acquis. Exemption—Line of BNSF Ry., FD 35751 (filed Aug. 7, 2013). The E:\FR\FM\30OCN1.SGM 30OCN1 emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 210 / Wednesday, October 30, 2013 / Notices According to applicants, the following steps will be taken to allow for the CBIS Improvements Project to proceed. First, BNSF will close its Council Bluffs yard and convey the underlying land to the State of Iowa. Second, BNSF will abandon the following two segments of its Council Bluffs Subdivision: (1) The segment located between milepost 490.62 and milepost 491.00, a distance of approximately 0.38 miles; and (2) the segment located between milepost 491.75 and 492.65, a distance of approximately 0.90 miles. The first segment will be relocated to the west of Mosquito Creek. This segment is located between BNSF Bayard Subdivision milepost 482.08 and a point near BNSF Council Bluffs Subdivision milepost 488.85, a distance of approximately 1.6 miles. The second segment will be relocated to the west of Highway 192 in downtown Council Bluffs. This segment is located between BNSF milepost 492.65 and the connection to the IAIS main line at IAIS milepost 489.3, a distance of approximately 0.3 miles. Third, CBEC will abandon its main line between milepost 3.90 and milepost 6.47, a distance of approximately 2.8 miles. That portion of CBEC’s main line will be relocated to the west bank of Mosquito Creek between milepost 3.90, approximately 1,500 feet to the northwest of IA–92/US–275 and the connection with the lead track to MidAmerican Energy Company’s Walter Scott, Jr. Energy Center (MidAmerican), a distance of approximately 1.5 miles. Fourth, UP’s trackage rights on CBEC’s line to be abandoned will be discontinued and relocated to CBEC’s newly constructed main line. Fifth, BNSF and CBEC will establish a crossover connection between their newly constructed and parallel main lines on the west side of Mosquito Creek at a point approximately 900 feet south of I–29. CBEC will grant overhead trackage rights to BNSF from that connection and from BNSF Council Bluffs Subdivision milepost 488.6 to the connection with the lead track to MidAmerican, a distance of approximately 0.6 miles and 0.5 miles, respectively. Sixth, BNSF and CBEC also will establish an opposite-direction crossover connection between their newly constructed and parallel main lines on the west side of Mosquito Creek at a point approximately 1,400 feet south of I–29. BNSF will grant overhead trackage rights to CBEC from that connection to a new connection with CBEC’s relocated SIRE industrial lead track at BNSF Council Bluffs Board will address that petition for exemption in a subsequent decision. VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:58 Oct 29, 2013 Jkt 232001 Subdivision milepost 488.85, a distance of approximately 1,500 feet. Seventh, BNSF will grant overhead trackage rights to IAIS between BNSF Bayard Subdivision milepost 482.08 and BNSF Council Bluffs Subdivision milepost 488.6. Lastly, BNSF and IAIS will establish new connections between the two carriers at BNSF Bayard Subdivision milepost 482.08 and IAIS milepost 489.30, which will enable BNSF to crossover IAIS from its Council Bluffs Subdivision to reach its Bayard Subdivision through a dual switch arrangement. Applicants state that the proposed joint relocation project will not disrupt service to shippers, nor will it expand service by BNSF, CBEC, or IAIS into a new territory. According to applicants, there are no shippers located on the rail segments BNSF and CBEC are abandoning. The Board will exercise jurisdiction over the abandonment, construction, or sale components of a relocation project, and require separate approval or exemption, only where the removal of track affects service to shippers or the construction of new track or transfer of existing track involves expansion into new territory. See City of Detroit v. Canadian Nat’l Ry., 9 I.C.C.2d 1208 (1993), aff’d sub nom. Detroit/Wayne Cnty. Port Authority v. ICC, 59 F.3d 1314 (D.C. Cir. 1995); Flats Indus. R.R. & Norfolk S. Ry.—Joint Relocation Project Exemption—in Cleveland, Ohio, FD 34108 (STB served Nov. 15, 2001). Line relocation projects may embrace trackage rights transactions such as those involved here. See Detroit, Toledo & Ironton R.R.—Trackage Rights— Between Washington Court House & Greggs, Ohio—Exemption, 363 I.C.C. 878 (1981). Under these standards, the incidental abandonment, construction, and trackage rights components of this relocation project require no separate approval or exemption because the relocation project will not disrupt service to shippers, expand BNSF’s, CBEC’s, or IAIS’s service into a new territory, or alter the existing competitive situation, and thus, this joint relocation project qualifies for the class exemption at 49 CFR 1180.2(d)(5). As a condition to this exemption, any employees affected by the trackage rights will be protected by the conditions imposed in Norfolk and Western Railway—Trackage Rights— Burlington Northern, Inc., 354 I.C.C. 605 (1978), as modified in Mendocino Coast Railway—Lease and Operate-California Western Railroad, 360 I.C.C. 653 (1980). PO 00000 Frm 00135 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 65041 The transaction may be consummated on or after November 13, 2013, the effective date of the exemption.2 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. Petitions for stay must be filed no later than November 6, 2013 (at least 7 days before the exemption becomes effective). An original and 10 copies of all pleadings, referring to Docket No. FD 35755, must be filed with the Surface Transportation Board, 395 E Street SW., Washington, DC 20423–0001. In addition, a copy of each pleading must be served on applicants’ representatives: Karl Morell, Ball Janik LLP, 655 Fifteenth Street NW., Suite 225, Washington, DC 20005 (BNSF’s representative); Benjamin M. Clark, Sullivan & Ward, P.C., 6601 Westown Parkway, Suite 200, West Des Moines, Iowa 50266 (CBEC’s representative); Thomas J. Litwiler, Fletcher & Sippel LLC, 29 North Wacker Drive, Suite 920, Chicago, IL 60606 (IAIS’s representative); and Jeremy M. Berman, Union Pacific Railroad Company, 1400 Douglas Street STOP 1580, Omaha, NE., 68179 (UP’s representative). Board decisions and notices are available on our Web site at ‘‘www.stb.dot.gov.’’ Decided: October 25, 2013. By the Board, Rachel D. Campbell, Director, Office of Proceedings. Jeffrey Herzig, Clearance Clerk. [FR Doc. 2013–25740 Filed 10–29–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4915–01–P DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request October 24, 2013. The Department of the Treasury will submit the following information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and clearance in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104–13, on or after the date of publication of this notice. 2 This notice was scheduled to be published in the Federal Register during the time that the agency was closed due to a lapse in appropriations. Because publication of this notice has been delayed, the effective date of the exemption will also be delayed to provide adequate notice to the public. E:\FR\FM\30OCN1.SGM 30OCN1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Surface Transportation Board

[Docket No. FD 35755]


BNSF Railway Company, CBEC Railway Inc., Iowa Interstate 
Railroad, Ltd., and Union Pacific Railroad Company--Joint Relocation 
Project Exemption--In Council Bluffs, Iowa

    On September 30, 2013, BNSF Railway Company (BNSF), CBEC Railway 
Inc. (CBEC), Iowa Interstate Railroad, Ltd. (IAIS), and Union Pacific 
Railroad Company (UP) (collectively, applicants) jointly filed a 
verified notice of exemption under 49 CFR 1180.2(d)(5) to participate 
in a joint relocation project in Council Bluffs, Iowa (the City).
    The purpose of the joint relocation project is to facilitate the 
reconstruction of Interstates 80 and 29 in Council Bluffs. The Council 
Bluffs Interstate System (CBIS) Improvements Project is a public works 
project initiated by the Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) that 
involves the joint relocation project and an acquisition by IAIS of a 
line of railroad owned by BNSF.\1\
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    \1\ Iowa Interstate R.R.--Acquis. Exemption--Line of BNSF Ry., 
FD 35751 (filed Aug. 7, 2013). The Board will address that petition 
for exemption in a subsequent decision.

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    According to applicants, the following steps will be taken to allow 
for the CBIS Improvements Project to proceed. First, BNSF will close 
its Council Bluffs yard and convey the underlying land to the State of 
Iowa. Second, BNSF will abandon the following two segments of its 
Council Bluffs Subdivision: (1) The segment located between milepost 
490.62 and milepost 491.00, a distance of approximately 0.38 miles; and 
(2) the segment located between milepost 491.75 and 492.65, a distance 
of approximately 0.90 miles. The first segment will be relocated to the 
west of Mosquito Creek. This segment is located between BNSF Bayard 
Subdivision milepost 482.08 and a point near BNSF Council Bluffs 
Subdivision milepost 488.85, a distance of approximately 1.6 miles. The 
second segment will be relocated to the west of Highway 192 in downtown 
Council Bluffs. This segment is located between BNSF milepost 492.65 
and the connection to the IAIS main line at IAIS milepost 489.3, a 
distance of approximately 0.3 miles. Third, CBEC will abandon its main 
line between milepost 3.90 and milepost 6.47, a distance of 
approximately 2.8 miles. That portion of CBEC's main line will be 
relocated to the west bank of Mosquito Creek between milepost 3.90, 
approximately 1,500 feet to the northwest of IA-92/US-275 and the 
connection with the lead track to MidAmerican Energy Company's Walter 
Scott, Jr. Energy Center (MidAmerican), a distance of approximately 1.5 
miles. Fourth, UP's trackage rights on CBEC's line to be abandoned will 
be discontinued and relocated to CBEC's newly constructed main line. 
Fifth, BNSF and CBEC will establish a crossover connection between 
their newly constructed and parallel main lines on the west side of 
Mosquito Creek at a point approximately 900 feet south of I-29. CBEC 
will grant overhead trackage rights to BNSF from that connection and 
from BNSF Council Bluffs Subdivision milepost 488.6 to the connection 
with the lead track to MidAmerican, a distance of approximately 0.6 
miles and 0.5 miles, respectively. Sixth, BNSF and CBEC also will 
establish an opposite-direction crossover connection between their 
newly constructed and parallel main lines on the west side of Mosquito 
Creek at a point approximately 1,400 feet south of I-29. BNSF will 
grant overhead trackage rights to CBEC from that connection to a new 
connection with CBEC's relocated SIRE industrial lead track at BNSF 
Council Bluffs Subdivision milepost 488.85, a distance of approximately 
1,500 feet. Seventh, BNSF will grant overhead trackage rights to IAIS 
between BNSF Bayard Subdivision milepost 482.08 and BNSF Council Bluffs 
Subdivision milepost 488.6. Lastly, BNSF and IAIS will establish new 
connections between the two carriers at BNSF Bayard Subdivision 
milepost 482.08 and IAIS milepost 489.30, which will enable BNSF to 
crossover IAIS from its Council Bluffs Subdivision to reach its Bayard 
Subdivision through a dual switch arrangement.
    Applicants state that the proposed joint relocation project will 
not disrupt service to shippers, nor will it expand service by BNSF, 
CBEC, or IAIS into a new territory. According to applicants, there are 
no shippers located on the rail segments BNSF and CBEC are abandoning.
    The Board will exercise jurisdiction over the abandonment, 
construction, or sale components of a relocation project, and require 
separate approval or exemption, only where the removal of track affects 
service to shippers or the construction of new track or transfer of 
existing track involves expansion into new territory. See City of 
Detroit v. Canadian Nat'l Ry., 9 I.C.C.2d 1208 (1993), aff'd sub nom. 
Detroit/Wayne Cnty. Port Authority v. ICC, 59 F.3d 1314 (D.C. Cir. 
1995); Flats Indus. R.R. & Norfolk S. Ry.--Joint Relocation Project 
Exemption--in Cleveland, Ohio, FD 34108 (STB served Nov. 15, 2001). 
Line relocation projects may embrace trackage rights transactions such 
as those involved here. See Detroit, Toledo & Ironton R.R.--Trackage 
Rights--Between Washington Court House & Greggs, Ohio--Exemption, 363 
I.C.C. 878 (1981). Under these standards, the incidental abandonment, 
construction, and trackage rights components of this relocation project 
require no separate approval or exemption because the relocation 
project will not disrupt service to shippers, expand BNSF's, CBEC's, or 
IAIS's service into a new territory, or alter the existing competitive 
situation, and thus, this joint relocation project qualifies for the 
class exemption at 49 CFR 1180.2(d)(5).
    As a condition to this exemption, any employees affected by the 
trackage rights will be protected by the conditions imposed in Norfolk 
and Western Railway--Trackage Rights--Burlington Northern, Inc., 354 
I.C.C. 605 (1978), as modified in Mendocino Coast Railway--Lease and 
Operate-California Western Railroad, 360 I.C.C. 653 (1980).
    The transaction may be consummated on or after November 13, 2013, 
the effective date of the exemption.\2\
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    \2\ This notice was scheduled to be published in the Federal 
Register during the time that the agency was closed due to a lapse 
in appropriations. Because publication of this notice has been 
delayed, the effective date of the exemption will also be delayed to 
provide adequate notice to the public.
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    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. Petitions for stay must be filed no later than November 6, 
2013 (at least 7 days before the exemption becomes effective).
    An original and 10 copies of all pleadings, referring to Docket No. 
FD 35755, must be filed with the Surface Transportation Board, 395 E 
Street SW., Washington, DC 20423-0001. In addition, a copy of each 
pleading must be served on applicants' representatives: Karl Morell, 
Ball Janik LLP, 655 Fifteenth Street NW., Suite 225, Washington, DC 
20005 (BNSF's representative); Benjamin M. Clark, Sullivan & Ward, 
P.C., 6601 Westown Parkway, Suite 200, West Des Moines, Iowa 50266 
(CBEC's representative); Thomas J. Litwiler, Fletcher & Sippel LLC, 29 
North Wacker Drive, Suite 920, Chicago, IL 60606 (IAIS's 
representative); and Jeremy M. Berman, Union Pacific Railroad Company, 
1400 Douglas Street STOP 1580, Omaha, NE., 68179 (UP's representative).
    Board decisions and notices are available on our Web site at 
``www.stb.dot.gov.''

    Decided: October 25, 2013.

    By the Board, Rachel D. Campbell, Director, Office of 
Proceedings.
Jeffrey Herzig,
Clearance Clerk.
[FR Doc. 2013-25740 Filed 10-29-13; 8:45 am]
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