Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority-Acquisition Exemption-in Hennepin County, Minn, 17585-17586 [2018-08337]

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[FR Doc. 2018–08297 Filed 4–19–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4710–AE–P SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD [Docket No. FD 36177] Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority—Acquisition Exemption—in Hennepin County, Minn The Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority (HCRRA), a Class III carrier, has filed a verified notice of exemption under 49 CFR 1150.41 to acquire from Soo Line Railroad Company d/b/a Canadian Pacific (CP) a permanent, irrevocable, exclusive rail freight operating easement over the Bass PO 00000 Frm 00066 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 17585 Lake Spur, which extends from Milepost 435.06 in Hopkins, Hennepin County, Minn., to Milepost 428.38 in St. Louis Park, Hennepin County, Minn., a distance of approximately 6.7 miles (the Line). HCRRA states that the Line includes a portion of the connecting track between the Bass Lake Spur and CP’s Minneapolis, Northfield and Southern Spur in St. Louis Park. According to HCRRA, together with the Kenilworth Corridor,1 the Line connects a line of Twin Cities & Western Railroad Company (TCWR) to the west with a line of BNSF Railway Company to the east. HCRRA further states that, through the proposed transaction, HCRRA intends to acquire CP’s common carrier rights and obligations with respect to the Line. Immediately following HCRRA’s acquisition, according to HCRRA, CP intends to transfer the trackage and underlying real estate to the Metropolitan Council, subject to HCRRA’s permanent and exclusive rail freight operating easement. HCRRA states that TCWR operates over the Line pursuant to overhead trackage rights granted by CP, which maintains the Line but does not operate on it. Upon consummation of the transaction, HCRRA states, CP will execute an agreement assigning to HCRRA its rights and responsibilities under the TCWR trackage rights agreement that pertain to the Line. HCRRA asserts that it will have permanent and adequate rights to ensure the provision of any required common carrier service on the Line, and neither HCRRA nor the Metropolitan Council will unreasonably interfere with or restrict TCWR’s continued overhead operations. According to HCRRA, it has negotiated an Easement Agreement with CP and the Metropolitan Council setting forth the parties’ respective rights and obligations in connection with HCRRA’s acquisition of the easement that will allow HCRRA to acquire and fulfill CP’s common carrier rights and obligations 1 HCRRA states that the Kenilworth Corridor is a 2.6-mile segment of rail line and right-of-way west of the Line, presently owned by HCRRA, and over which Twin Cities & Western Railroad Company and CP have trackage rights. HCRRA further states that these tracks, and this Notice of Exemption, are directly related to a petition for declaratory order that was contemporaneously filed in Docket No. FD 36178 by the Metropolitan Council, a non-railroad, political subdivision of the State of Minnesota. According to HCRRA, the proposed transaction is intended to facilitate the planning and future construction of the Southwest Light Rail Transit Project—managed by the Metropolitan Council— which, when complete, will provide transit light rail service from downtown Minneapolis through the communities of St. Louis Park, Hopkins, Minnetonka, and Eden Prairie. E:\FR\FM\20APN1.SGM 20APN1 17586 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 77 / Friday, April 20, 2018 / Notices with respect to the Line, and the transfer of the associated trackage and underlying real estate to the Metropolitan Council. HCRRA certifies that its revenues from freight operations will not result in the creation of a Class I or Class II carrier. HCRRA also certifies that the proposed acquisition does not involve an interchange commitment or other limitation of future interchange with a third-party connecting carrier. HCRRA states that the parties expect the transactions to be consummated in the second quarter of 2018. The earliest this transaction may be consummated is May 5, 2018 (30 days after the verified notice of exemption was filed). According to HCRRA, its proposed acquisition of the Line is exempt from environmental reporting requirements under 49 CFR 1105.6(c)(1)(i) and from historic preservation reporting under 49 CFR 1105.8(b)(1). 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 April 27, 2018 (at least seven days before the exemption becomes effective).2 An original and 10 copies of all pleadings, referring to Docket No. FD 36177, 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 Charles A. Spitulnik, Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell LLP, 1001 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20036. Board decisions and notices are available on our website at WWW.STB.GOV. Decided: April 17, 2018. By the Board, Scott M. Zimmerman, Acting Director, Office of Proceedings. Jeffrey Herzig, Clearance Clerk. 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The public meeting will be held on May 17, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The public meeting will include an open house workshop from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., an FAA presentation from 6:00 p.m. to 6:15 p.m., followed by a public comment period from 6:15 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., during which members of the public may provide up to a 3-minute statement. The FAA will transcribe oral comments. All comments received during the meeting and comment period, whether provided in writing or verbally, will be given equal weight and will be taken into consideration in the preparation of the Final PEA. ADDRESSES: The FAA will hold the public meeting at the following location: Front Range Airport, Cafeteria, 5200 Front Range Parkway, Watkins, CO 80137. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00067 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Please submit comments or questions regarding the Draft PEA to Stacey Zee, Environmental Specialist, Federal Aviation Administration, c/o ICF, 9300 Lee Hwy, Fairfax, VA 22031. Comments may also be submitted by email to Spaceport_Colorado_PEA@icf.com. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Stacey M. Zee, Environmental Specialist, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Ave. SW, Suite 325, Washington, DC 20591; telephone (202) 267–9305; email Spaceport_Colorado_PEA@icf.com. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The FAA has prepared the Draft PEA in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA; 42 United States Code 4321 et seq.), the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) Regulations for Implementing the Procedural Provisions of NEPA (40 Code of Federal Regulations [CFR] parts 1500–1508), and FAA Order 1050.1F, Environmental Impacts: Policies and Procedures, as part of its licensing process. Concurrent with the NEPA process, the FAA has initiated National Historic Preservation Act Section 106 Consultation to determine the potential effects of the Proposed Action on historic properties. 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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 77 (Friday, April 20, 2018)]
[Notices]
[Pages 17585-17586]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-08337]


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SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD

[Docket No. FD 36177]


Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority--Acquisition 
Exemption--in Hennepin County, Minn

    The Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority (HCRRA), a Class 
III carrier, has filed a verified notice of exemption under 49 CFR 
1150.41 to acquire from Soo Line Railroad Company d/b/a Canadian 
Pacific (CP) a permanent, irrevocable, exclusive rail freight operating 
easement over the Bass Lake Spur, which extends from Milepost 435.06 in 
Hopkins, Hennepin County, Minn., to Milepost 428.38 in St. Louis Park, 
Hennepin County, Minn., a distance of approximately 6.7 miles (the 
Line).
    HCRRA states that the Line includes a portion of the connecting 
track between the Bass Lake Spur and CP's Minneapolis, Northfield and 
Southern Spur in St. Louis Park. According to HCRRA, together with the 
Kenilworth Corridor,\1\ the Line connects a line of Twin Cities & 
Western Railroad Company (TCWR) to the west with a line of BNSF Railway 
Company to the east.
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    \1\ HCRRA states that the Kenilworth Corridor is a 2.6-mile 
segment of rail line and right-of-way west of the Line, presently 
owned by HCRRA, and over which Twin Cities & Western Railroad 
Company and CP have trackage rights. HCRRA further states that these 
tracks, and this Notice of Exemption, are directly related to a 
petition for declaratory order that was contemporaneously filed in 
Docket No. FD 36178 by the Metropolitan Council, a non-railroad, 
political subdivision of the State of Minnesota. According to HCRRA, 
the proposed transaction is intended to facilitate the planning and 
future construction of the Southwest Light Rail Transit Project--
managed by the Metropolitan Council--which, when complete, will 
provide transit light rail service from downtown Minneapolis through 
the communities of St. Louis Park, Hopkins, Minnetonka, and Eden 
Prairie.
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    HCRRA further states that, through the proposed transaction, HCRRA 
intends to acquire CP's common carrier rights and obligations with 
respect to the Line. Immediately following HCRRA's acquisition, 
according to HCRRA, CP intends to transfer the trackage and underlying 
real estate to the Metropolitan Council, subject to HCRRA's permanent 
and exclusive rail freight operating easement. HCRRA states that TCWR 
operates over the Line pursuant to overhead trackage rights granted by 
CP, which maintains the Line but does not operate on it. Upon 
consummation of the transaction, HCRRA states, CP will execute an 
agreement assigning to HCRRA its rights and responsibilities under the 
TCWR trackage rights agreement that pertain to the Line. HCRRA asserts 
that it will have permanent and adequate rights to ensure the provision 
of any required common carrier service on the Line, and neither HCRRA 
nor the Metropolitan Council will unreasonably interfere with or 
restrict TCWR's continued overhead operations.
    According to HCRRA, it has negotiated an Easement Agreement with CP 
and the Metropolitan Council setting forth the parties' respective 
rights and obligations in connection with HCRRA's acquisition of the 
easement that will allow HCRRA to acquire and fulfill CP's common 
carrier rights and obligations

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with respect to the Line, and the transfer of the associated trackage 
and underlying real estate to the Metropolitan Council.
    HCRRA certifies that its revenues from freight operations will not 
result in the creation of a Class I or Class II carrier. HCRRA also 
certifies that the proposed acquisition does not involve an interchange 
commitment or other limitation of future interchange with a third-party 
connecting carrier.
    HCRRA states that the parties expect the transactions to be 
consummated in the second quarter of 2018. The earliest this 
transaction may be consummated is May 5, 2018 (30 days after the 
verified notice of exemption was filed).
    According to HCRRA, its proposed acquisition of the Line is exempt 
from environmental reporting requirements under 49 CFR 1105.6(c)(1)(i) 
and from historic preservation reporting under 49 CFR 1105.8(b)(1).
    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 April 27, 
2018 (at least seven days before the exemption becomes effective).\2\
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    \2\ In letters filed on April 16, 2018, the City of Stewart, 
Minn., and Farmward Cooperative ask the Board to stay the 
effectiveness of the notice ``in order to solicit the views of 
others affected by this transaction,'' including shippers. This 
request will be addressed in a separate decision.
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    An original and 10 copies of all pleadings, referring to Docket No. 
FD 36177, 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 Charles A. Spitulnik, Kaplan Kirsch & 
Rockwell LLP, 1001 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 
20036.
    Board decisions and notices are available on our website at 
WWW.STB.GOV.

    Decided: April 17, 2018.

    By the Board, Scott M. Zimmerman, Acting Director, Office of 
Proceedings.
Jeffrey Herzig,
Clearance Clerk.
[FR Doc. 2018-08337 Filed 4-19-18; 8:45 am]
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