Massachusetts Department of Transportation-Acquisition Exemption-Pan Am Southern LLC, 63668-63669 [2014-25346]

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FTA provided additional clarification in revisions to Chapter VIII, Intercity Bus and eliminated Appendix F as the information was redundant with the information contained in the chapter. Therese W. McMillan, Acting Administrator. [FR Doc. 2014–25309 Filed 10–23–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Surface Transportation Board [Docket No. FD 35863] Massachusetts Department of Transportation—Acquisition Exemption—Pan Am Southern LLC The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), a noncarrier, has filed a verified notice of exemption under 49 CFR 1150.31 to acquire from Pan Am Southern LLC (PAS) certain railroad assets and associated rail line right-of-way, known generally as a portion of the Connecticut River Main Line (also known as the ‘‘Knowledge Corridor’’), approximately 49.67 route miles in length, from Station 2+25 in Springfield, Mass., to the Massachusetts-Vermont border at Station 2613+66.85 at East Northfield, Mass. (the Railroad Assets). As part of this transaction, MassDOT would also acquire any right, title, or interest that PAS may currently possess to operate passenger trains over a segment of Amtrak-owned line between Springfield and the Massachusetts-Connecticut border. According to MassDOT, it is not acquiring any freight operating rights, and PAS will retain a permanent, exclusive freight operating easement over the Railroad Assets.1 MassDOT states that the proposed transaction has been agreed upon 1 Concurrently with its verified notice of exemption, MassDOT filed a motion to dismiss it on the ground that the transaction does not require authorization from the Board. The motion to dismiss will be addressed in a subsequent Board decision. E:\FR\FM\24OCN1.SGM 24OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 206 / Friday, October 24, 2014 / Notices pursuant to a May 25, 2012 Purchase and Sale Contract, subsequently extended and modified by way of a Reinstatement and First Amendment to Purchase and Sale Contract. MassDOT also states that the agreement does not contain any provisions that would limit interchange with a third-party connecting carrier. MassDOT certifies that it would not conduct freight operations over the Railroad Assets, and therefore, MassDOT’s prospective annual common carrier revenues will not result in the creation of a Class I or Class II carrier. MassDOT states that it anticipates consummating the transaction on or about December 29, 2014, subject to a Board decision on the concurrently filed motion to dismiss. The earliest this transaction may be consummated is November 9, 2014, the effective date of the exemption (30 days after the verified notice was filed). 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 October 31, 2014 (at least seven days before the exemption becomes effective). An original and 10 copies of all pleadings, referring to Docket No. FD 35863, 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 MassDOT’s representative, Robert A. Wimbish, Fletcher & Sippel LLC, 29 North Wacker Drive, Suite 920, Chicago, IL 60606. Board decisions and notices are available on our Web site at ‘‘WWW.STB.DOT.GOV.’’ Decided: October 21, 2014. By the Board, Rachel D. Campbell, Director, Office of Proceedings. Raina S. White. Clearance Clerk, [FR Doc. 2014–25346 Filed 10–23–14; 8:45 am] asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES BILLING CODE 4915–01–P DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Small Business Lending Fund (SBLF) Departmental Offices, Treasury. Notice and request for comments. 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Abstract: Once accepted into the SBLF program, a bank is required to submit a Supplemental Report each quarter. The Supplemental Report serves two purposes. First, the Quarterly Supplemental Report is used to determine the bank’s small business lending baseline. A bank’s initial dividend rate is based on the increase in small business lending (over this baseline) in the quarters from October 2010 through September 2013. In addition, a bank’s dividend rate is now locked based on the results from its increase or decrease of qualified small business lending (versus the baseline) as of September 30, 2013. Second, every quarter thereafter, the bank files a Supplemental Report quarterly so that Treasury can assess the change in the small business lending for the previous quarter. That change from SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00073 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 63669 the historical baseline is used to set the dividend rate for the next quarter. Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection. 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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Surface Transportation Board

[Docket No. FD 35863]


Massachusetts Department of Transportation--Acquisition 
Exemption--Pan Am Southern LLC

    The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), a 
noncarrier, has filed a verified notice of exemption under 49 CFR 
1150.31 to acquire from Pan Am Southern LLC (PAS) certain railroad 
assets and associated rail line right-of-way, known generally as a 
portion of the Connecticut River Main Line (also known as the 
``Knowledge Corridor''), approximately 49.67 route miles in length, 
from Station 2+25 in Springfield, Mass., to the Massachusetts-Vermont 
border at Station 2613+66.85 at East Northfield, Mass. (the Railroad 
Assets). As part of this transaction, MassDOT would also acquire any 
right, title, or interest that PAS may currently possess to operate 
passenger trains over a segment of Amtrak-owned line between 
Springfield and the Massachusetts-Connecticut border. According to 
MassDOT, it is not acquiring any freight operating rights, and PAS will 
retain a permanent, exclusive freight operating easement over the 
Railroad Assets.\1\
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    \1\ Concurrently with its verified notice of exemption, MassDOT 
filed a motion to dismiss it on the ground that the transaction does 
not require authorization from the Board. The motion to dismiss will 
be addressed in a subsequent Board decision.
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    MassDOT states that the proposed transaction has been agreed upon

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pursuant to a May 25, 2012 Purchase and Sale Contract, subsequently 
extended and modified by way of a Reinstatement and First Amendment to 
Purchase and Sale Contract. MassDOT also states that the agreement does 
not contain any provisions that would limit interchange with a third-
party connecting carrier.
    MassDOT certifies that it would not conduct freight operations over 
the Railroad Assets, and therefore, MassDOT's prospective annual common 
carrier revenues will not result in the creation of a Class I or Class 
II carrier.
    MassDOT states that it anticipates consummating the transaction on 
or about December 29, 2014, subject to a Board decision on the 
concurrently filed motion to dismiss. The earliest this transaction may 
be consummated is November 9, 2014, the effective date of the exemption 
(30 days after the verified notice was filed).
    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 October 31, 
2014 (at least seven days before the exemption becomes effective).
    An original and 10 copies of all pleadings, referring to Docket No. 
FD 35863, 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 MassDOT's representative, Robert A. Wimbish, 
Fletcher & Sippel LLC, 29 North Wacker Drive, Suite 920, Chicago, IL 
60606.
    Board decisions and notices are available on our Web site at 
``WWW.STB.DOT.GOV.''

    Decided: October 21, 2014.

    By the Board,
Rachel D. Campbell,
Director, Office of Proceedings.
Raina S. White.
Clearance Clerk,
[FR Doc. 2014-25346 Filed 10-23-14; 8:45 am]
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