Railroad Revenue Adequacy-2013 Determination, 52805-52806 [2014-21042]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 171 / Thursday, September 4, 2014 / Notices mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Company, Inc. (HRRC) (collectively, applicants) have jointly filed a verified notice of exemption under 49 CFR pt. 1152 subpart F—Exempt Abandonments and Discontinuances of Service for CTC to abandon, and for HRRC to discontinue service over, 1.91 miles of rail line between milepost QBY–0.59 and milepost QBY–2.50 in the City of Pittsfield, Berkshire County, Mass. (the Line). The Line traverses United States Postal Service Zip Code 01201. Applicants have 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 has been 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 and no such complaint is either pending with the Surface Transportation Board (Board) or with any U.S. District Court or has been decided in favor of a 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 these exemptions, any employee adversely affected by the abandonment or discontinuance 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, these exemptions will be effective on October 4, 2014, unless stayed pending reconsideration. Petitions to stay that do not involve environmental issues,1 formal expressions of intent to file an OFA under 49 CFR 1152.27(c)(2),2 and trail use/rail banking requests under 49 CFR 1152.29 must be filed by September 15, 2014. Petitions to reopen or requests for public use conditions under 49 CFR 1 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. 2 Each OFA must be accompanied by the filing fee, which is currently set at $1,600. See 49 CFR 1002.2(f)(25). VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:14 Sep 03, 2014 Jkt 232001 1152.28 must be filed by September 24, 2014, 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 applicants’ representative: John D. Heffner, Strasburger & Price, LLP, 1025 Connecticut Avenue NW., Suite 717, Washington, DC 20036. If the verified notice contains false or misleading information, the exemptions are void ab initio. Applicants have filed a combined environmental and historic report that addresses the effects, if any, of the abandonment and discontinuance on the environment and historic resources. OEA will issue an environmental assessment (EA) by September 9, 2014. 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 (FIRS) at (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), CTC 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 CTC’s filing of a notice of consummation by September 4, 2015, 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: August 28, 2014. By the Board, Joseph Dettmar, Acting Director, Office of Proceedings. Derrick A. Gardner, Clearance Clerk. [FR Doc. 2014–20972 Filed 9–3–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4915–01–P PO 00000 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Surface Transportation Board [Docket No. EP 552 (Sub-No. 18)] Railroad Revenue Adequacy—2013 Determination AGENCY: Surface Transportation Board, DOT. ACTION: Notice of Decision. On September 2, 2014, the Board served a decision announcing the 2013 revenue adequacy determinations for the Nation’s Class I railroads. Five carriers, BNSF Railway Company, Grand Trunk Corporation, Norfolk Southern Combined Railroad Subsidiaries, Soo Line Corporation and Union Pacific Railroad Company, were found to be revenue adequate. SUMMARY: Effective Date: This decision is effective on September 2, 2014. DATES: Paul Aguiar, (202) 245–0323. Assistance for the hearing impaired is available through Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at (800) 877–8339. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The Board is required to make an annual determination of railroad revenue adequacy. A railroad is considered revenue adequate under 49 U.S.C. 10704(a) if it achieves a rate of return on net investment (ROI) equal to at least the current cost of capital for the railroad industry for 2013, determined to be 11.32% in Railroad Cost of Capital—2013, EP 558 (Sub-No. 17) (STB served July 31, 2014). This revenue adequacy standard was applied to each Class I railroad. Five carriers, BNSF Railway Company, Grand Trunk Corporation, Norfolk Southern Combined Railroad Subsidiaries, Soo Line Corporation and Union Pacific Railroad Company, were found to be revenue adequate for 2013. The decision in this proceeding is posted on the Board’s Web site at www.stb.dot.gov. Copies of the decision may be purchased by contacting the Office of Public Assistance, Governmental Affairs, and Compliance at (202) 245–0238. Assistance for the hearing impaired is available through FIRS at (800) 877–8339. This action will not significantly affect either the quality of the human environment or the conservation of energy resources. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Decided: August 29, 2014. Frm 00181 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 52805 E:\FR\FM\04SEN1.SGM 04SEN1 52806 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 171 / Thursday, September 4, 2014 / Notices By the Board, Chairman Elliott, Vice Chairman Miller, and Commissioner Begeman. Jeffrey Herzig, Clearance Clerk. [FR Doc. 2014–21042 Filed 9–3–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4915–01–P DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Internal Revenue Service Proposed Collection; Comment Request for Form 8864 Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Treasury. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: The Department of the Treasury, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104–13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)). Currently, the IRS is soliciting comments concerning Form 8864, Biodiesel Fuels Credit. DATES: Written comments should be received on or before November 3, 2014 to be assured of consideration. ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to R. Joseph Durbala, Internal Revenue Service, Room 6129, 1111 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20224. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the form and instructions should be directed to Martha R. Brinson, Internal Revenue Service, Room 6129, 1111 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20224, or through the Internet at Martha.R.Brinson@irs.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Biodiesel Fuels Credit. OMB Number: 1545–1924. Form Number: 8864. Abstract: The American Jobs Creation Act of 2004, section 302, added new code section 40A, credit for biodiesel used as a fuel. Form 8864 has been developed to allow taxpayers to compute the biodiesel fuels credit. Section 38(b)(17) allows the biodiesel credit to be taken as a credit against income tax for businesses that sell or use biodiesel mixed with other fuels or sold as straight biodiesel. Current Actions: There are no changes being made to Form 8864 at this time. Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:14 Sep 03, 2014 Jkt 232001 Affected Public: Business or other forprofit. Estimated Number of Respondents: 26. Estimated Time per Respondent: 11 hrs., 56 mins. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 310. The following paragraph applies to all of the collections of information covered by this notice: An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless the collection of information displays a valid OMB control number. Books or records relating to a collection of information must be retained as long as their contents may become material in the administration of any internal revenue law. Generally, tax returns and tax return information are confidential, as required by 26 U.S.C. 6103. Request For Comments: Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval. All comments will become a matter of public record. Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology; and (e) estimates of capital or start-up costs and costs of operation, maintenance, and purchase of services to provide information. Approved: August 20, 2014. R. Joseph Durbala, IRS Reports Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 2014–21066 Filed 9–3–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4830–01–P DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Internal Revenue Service Proposed Collection; Comment Request for Regulation Project Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Treasury. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: The Department of the Treasury, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00182 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104–13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)). The IRS is soliciting comments concerning information collection requirements related to ten or more employer plans. DATES: Written comments should be received on or before November 3, 2014 to be assured of consideration. ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to R. Joseph Durbala, Internal Revenue Service, Room 6129, 1111 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20224. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the regulations should be directed to Martha R. Brinson, Internal Revenue Service, Room 6129, 1111 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20224, or through the Internet at Martha.R.Brinson@irs.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Ten or More Employer Plan Compliance Information. OMB Number: 1545–1795. Regulation Project Number: T.D. 9079 Abstract: This document contains final regulations that provide rules regarding requirements for a welfare benefit fund that is part of a 10 or more employer plan. The regulations affect employers that provide welfare benefits to employees through a plan to which more than one employer contributes. Current Actions: There is no change to this existing regulation. Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection. Affected Public: Business or other forprofit or not-for-profit institutions. Estimated Number of Respondents: 100. Estimated Time per Response: 25 hrs. Estimated Total Burden Hours: 2,500. The following paragraph applies to all of the collections of information covered by this notice: An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless the collection of information displays a valid OMB control number. Books or records relating to a collection of information must be retained as long as their contents may become material in the administration of any internal revenue law. Generally, tax returns and tax return information are confidential, as required by 26 U.S.C. 6103. Request for Comments: Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval. All E:\FR\FM\04SEN1.SGM 04SEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 171 (Thursday, September 4, 2014)]
[Notices]
[Pages 52805-52806]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-21042]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Surface Transportation Board

[Docket No. EP 552 (Sub-No. 18)]


Railroad Revenue Adequacy--2013 Determination

AGENCY: Surface Transportation Board, DOT.

ACTION: Notice of Decision.

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SUMMARY: On September 2, 2014, the Board served a decision announcing 
the 2013 revenue adequacy determinations for the Nation's Class I 
railroads. Five carriers, BNSF Railway Company, Grand Trunk 
Corporation, Norfolk Southern Combined Railroad Subsidiaries, Soo Line 
Corporation and Union Pacific Railroad Company, were found to be 
revenue adequate.

DATES: Effective Date: This decision is effective on September 2, 2014.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Paul Aguiar, (202) 245-0323. 
Assistance for the hearing impaired is available through Federal 
Information Relay Service (FIRS) at (800) 877-8339.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Board is required to make an annual 
determination of railroad revenue adequacy. A railroad is considered 
revenue adequate under 49 U.S.C. 10704(a) if it achieves a rate of 
return on net investment (ROI) equal to at least the current cost of 
capital for the railroad industry for 2013, determined to be 11.32% in 
Railroad Cost of Capital--2013, EP 558 (Sub-No. 17) (STB served July 
31, 2014). This revenue adequacy standard was applied to each Class I 
railroad. Five carriers, BNSF Railway Company, Grand Trunk Corporation, 
Norfolk Southern Combined Railroad Subsidiaries, Soo Line Corporation 
and Union Pacific Railroad Company, were found to be revenue adequate 
for 2013.
    The decision in this proceeding is posted on the Board's Web site 
at www.stb.dot.gov. Copies of the decision may be purchased by 
contacting the Office of Public Assistance, Governmental Affairs, and 
Compliance at (202) 245-0238. Assistance for the hearing impaired is 
available through FIRS at (800) 877-8339.
    This action will not significantly affect either the quality of the 
human environment or the conservation of energy resources.

    Decided: August 29, 2014.


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    By the Board, Chairman Elliott, Vice Chairman Miller, and 
Commissioner Begeman.
Jeffrey Herzig,
Clearance Clerk.
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