Ellis & Eastern Company-Operation Exemption-Buffalo Ridge Regional Railroad Authority, 23974-23975 [2017-10652]

Download as PDF asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 23974 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 99 / Wednesday, May 24, 2017 / Notices If you have access to the Internet you can view and comment on this notice by going to: http://www.regulations.gov/ #!home and searching for docket number DOS–2017–0025. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Neal Morris, (202) 647–9312, or Laura Buffo, (202) 395–9424 SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Article 17.5 of the CAFTA-DR establishes an Environmental Affairs Council (the Council) and, unless the CAFTA-DR parties otherwise agree, requires it to meet annually to oversee the implementation of, and review progress under, Chapter 17. Article 17.5 further requires, unless the parties otherwise agree, that each meeting of the Council includes a session in which members of the Council have an opportunity to meet with the public to discuss matters relating to the implementation of Chapter 17. 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[FR Doc. 2017–10659 Filed 5–23–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4710–09–P SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD [Docket No. FD 36118] Ellis & Eastern Company—Acquisition and Operation Exemption—E&ER Company Ellis & Eastern Company (Ellis), a Class III rail carrier, has filed a verified notice of exemption under 49 CFR 1150.41 to acquire from E&ER Company (E&ER) and operate approximately 7.6 miles of rail line, between approximately milepost 41.4, near Manley, Minn., and milepost 49.0, in or near Brandon, S.D., in Rock County, Minn., and Minnehaha County, S.D. (the Line).1 According to Ellis, the Line is in poor repair and in need of rehabilitation, and has not been operated over since at least 1994, when E&ER acquired the Line. According to Ellis, it has reached an agreement with E&ER to acquire the trackage, right-of-way, and real property interests of the line owned by E&ER. Ellis also states that the proposed transaction does not involve any provision that may limit future interchange of traffic with any thirdparty carrier. Ellis certifies that the projected annual revenues as a result of this transaction will not result in its becoming a Class II or Class I rail carrier and will not exceed $5 million. 1 This transaction is related to a concurrently filed verified notice of exemption in Ellis & Eastern Co.—Operation Exemption—Buffalo Ridge Regional Railroad Authority, Docket No. FD 36119, wherein Ellis seeks to lease and operate approximately 41.44 miles of Buffalo Ridge Regional Railroad’s rail line between approximately milepost 0.0 at Agate, Minn., and milepost 41.44 near Manley, Minn. PO 00000 Frm 00203 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 The transaction may be consummated on June 7, 2017, the effective date of the exemption (30 days after the exemption was filed). According to Ellis, this action is categorically excluded from environmental review under 49 CFR 1105.6(c) and from historic review under 49 CFR 1105.8(b). 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 transaction. Petitions for stay must be filed no later than May 31, 2017 (at least seven days before the exemption becomes effective). An original and 10 copies of all pleadings, referring to Docket No. FD 36118, 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 E. Taylor, Taylor Law Firm, LLC, 4820 East 57th St., Suite B, Sioux Falls, SD 57108. Board decisions and notices are available on our Web site at WWW.STB.GOV. Decided: May 19, 2017. By the Board, Rachel D. Campbell, Director, Office of Proceedings. Jeffrey Herzig, Clearance Clerk. [FR Doc. 2017–10653 Filed 5–23–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4915–01–P SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD [Docket No. FD 36119] Ellis & Eastern Company—Operation Exemption—Buffalo Ridge Regional Railroad Authority Ellis & Eastern Company (Ellis), a Class III rail carrier, has filed a verified notice of exemption under 49 CFR 1150.41 to lease and operate approximately 41.44 miles of rail line from Buffalo Ridge Regional Railroad Authority (BRRRA). The rail line extends from approximately milepost 0.0, at the intersection with the main line of Union Pacific Railroad Company, at Agate, Minn., and milepost 41.44, at the intersection with the center line of the main track of BNSF Railway Company, near Manley, Minn., in Nobles and Rock Counties, Minn. (the Line).1 1 This transaction is related to a concurrently filed verified notice of exemption in Ellis & Eastern Co.—Acquisition & Operation Exemption—E & ER Co., Docket No. FD 36118, wherein Ellis seeks to E:\FR\FM\24MYN1.SGM 24MYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 99 / Wednesday, May 24, 2017 / Notices According to Ellis, Ellis and BRRRA have reached an agreement whereby Ellis will lease, operate, and maintain the trackage, right-of-way, and real property interests of the Line. Ellis certifies that the projected annual revenues as a result of this transaction will not exceed $5 million and will not result in its becoming a Class I or Class II rail carrier. Ellis states that the proposed transaction does not include any provision that may limit Ellis’ ability to interchange with a thirdparty carrier. The proposed transaction may be consummated on or after June 7, 2017, the effective date of the exemption. 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 May 31, 2017 (at least seven days before the exemption becomes effective). An original and 10 copies of all pleadings, referring to Docket No. FD 36119, 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 John E. Taylor, Taylor Law Firm, LLC, 4820 East 57th St., Suite B, Sioux Falls, SD 57108. Board decisions and notices are available on our Web site at ‘‘WWW.STB.GOV.’’ Decided: May 19, 2017. By the Board, Rachel D. Campbell, Director, Office of Proceedings. Jeffrey Herzig, Clearance Clerk. [FR Doc. 2017–10652 Filed 5–23–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4915–01–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Railroad Administration [Docket Number FRA–2017–0035] asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Petition for Waiver of Compliance Under part 211 of Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), this document provides the public notice that on April 26, 2016, Grenada Railroad, LLC (GRYR), the operator of trackage owned by North Central Mississippi Regional Railroad Authority (NCMRRA) requested that the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) grant acquire a 7.6-mile line of railroad from E & ER between Brandon, S.D., and Manley, Minn. VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:43 May 23, 2017 Jkt 241001 temporary relief from the requirements of 49 CFR 234.247, Purpose of inspections and tests; removal from service of relay or device failing to meet test requirements, to allow GRYR to operate over non-functioning highwayrail grade crossings (HRGC) without making the inspections and tests required in 49 CFR 234.249 through 234.271. FRA assigned the petition Docket Number FRA–2017–0035. The reason for relief from the requirements is that prior to the purchase of the railroad by NCMRRA, the previous owner removed major components from the HRGC warning systems, bungalows, signals, and gates. As part of GRYR’s commitment to provide rail services to those that require it, GRYR must access areas of the railroad previously deemed out of service. GRYR proposes to operate over affected HRGCs by the following alternative method: • Making all movements over HRGC in daylight hours. • Working with local authorities to obtain permission to close the roadway at a HRGC requiring occupation by a train. • Stationing an employee at each crossing to provide warning to approaching highway traffic and communicate with motorists as needed. GRYR requests to use the proposed method of alternative protection on the GRYR Subdivision, between milepost (MP) 629 near Duck Hill, MS, and MP 686 south of Durant, MS, for a period not to extend beyond December 31, 2017. During this time period, GRYR plans to acquire and install the equipment necessary to bring the HRGC warning systems into compliance. A copy of the petition, as well as any written communications concerning the petition, is available for review online at www.regulations.gov and in person at the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Docket Operations Facility, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., W12–140, Washington, DC 20590. The Docket Operations Facility is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays. Interested parties are invited to participate in these proceedings by submitting written views, data, or comments. FRA does not anticipate scheduling a public hearing in connection with these proceedings since the facts do not appear to warrant a hearing. If any interested parties desire an opportunity for oral comment, they should notify FRA, in writing, before the end of the comment period and specify the basis for their request. All communications concerning these proceedings should identify the PO 00000 Frm 00204 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 23975 appropriate docket number and may be submitted by any of the following methods: • Web site: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. • Fax: 202–493–2251. • Mail: Docket Operations Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., W12–140, Washington, DC 20590. • Hand Delivery: 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Room W12–140, Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays. Communications received by July 10, 2017 will be considered by FRA before final action is taken. Comments received after that date will be considered if practicable. Anyone can search the electronic form of any written communications and comments received into any of our dockets by the name of the individual submitting the comment (or signing the document, if submitted on behalf of an association, business, labor union, etc.). In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 553(c), DOT solicits comments from the public to better inform its processes. DOT posts these comments, without edit, including any personal information the commenter provides, to www.regulations.gov, as described in the system of records notice (DOT/ALL– 14 FDMS), which can be reviewed at https://www.transportation.gov/privacy. See also https://www.regulations.gov/ privacyNotice for the privacy notice of regulations.gov. Robert C. Lauby, Associate Administrator for Safety, Chief Safety Officer. [FR Doc. 2017–10644 Filed 5–23–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–06–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Railroad Administration [Docket Number FRA–2016–0108] Petition for Waiver of Compliance Under part 211 of Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), this document provides public notice that on April 26, 2017, the Union Pacific Railroad Company (UP) petitioned the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to modify an existing waiver of compliance from certain provisions of the Federal railroad safety regulations in 49 CFR part 236. FRA assigned the petition docket number FRA–2016– 0108. UP seeks a modification to its existing waiver from compliance with cab signal E:\FR\FM\24MYN1.SGM 24MYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 99 (Wednesday, May 24, 2017)]
[Notices]
[Pages 23974-23975]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-10652]


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SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD

[Docket No. FD 36119]


Ellis & Eastern Company--Operation Exemption--Buffalo Ridge 
Regional Railroad Authority

    Ellis & Eastern Company (Ellis), a Class III rail carrier, has 
filed a verified notice of exemption under 49 CFR 1150.41 to lease and 
operate approximately 41.44 miles of rail line from Buffalo Ridge 
Regional Railroad Authority (BRRRA). The rail line extends from 
approximately milepost 0.0, at the intersection with the main line of 
Union Pacific Railroad Company, at Agate, Minn., and milepost 41.44, at 
the intersection with the center line of the main track of BNSF Railway 
Company, near Manley, Minn., in Nobles and Rock Counties, Minn. (the 
Line).\1\
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    \1\ This transaction is related to a concurrently filed verified 
notice of exemption in Ellis & Eastern Co.--Acquisition & Operation 
Exemption--E & ER Co., Docket No. FD 36118, wherein Ellis seeks to 
acquire a 7.6-mile line of railroad from E & ER between Brandon, 
S.D., and Manley, Minn.

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    According to Ellis, Ellis and BRRRA have reached an agreement 
whereby Ellis will lease, operate, and maintain the trackage, right-of-
way, and real property interests of the Line.
    Ellis certifies that the projected annual revenues as a result of 
this transaction will not exceed $5 million and will not result in its 
becoming a Class I or Class II rail carrier. Ellis states that the 
proposed transaction does not include any provision that may limit 
Ellis' ability to interchange with a third-party carrier.
    The proposed transaction may be consummated on or after June 7, 
2017, the effective date of the exemption.
    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 May 31, 2017 
(at least seven days before the exemption becomes effective).
    An original and 10 copies of all pleadings, referring to Docket No. 
FD 36119, 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 John E. Taylor, Taylor Law Firm, LLC, 4820 
East 57th St., Suite B, Sioux Falls, SD 57108.
    Board decisions and notices are available on our Web site at 
``WWW.STB.GOV.''

    Decided: May 19, 2017.

    By the Board, Rachel D. Campbell, Director, Office of 
Proceedings.
Jeffrey Herzig,
Clearance Clerk.
[FR Doc. 2017-10652 Filed 5-23-17; 8:45 am]
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