San Pedro Valley Railroad, LLC-Operation Exemption-San Pedro Valley Holdings, LLC in Cochise County, Ariz., 49148-49149 [2018-21181]

Download as PDF amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES1 49148 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 189 / Friday, September 28, 2018 / Notices impact on the adequacy of transportation services to the public, as Wise would continue to provide the services it currently provides using the same name. (Appl. 9.) Applicants state that Wise ‘‘will continue to operate, but going forward, will be operating within the National Express corporate family, an organization that is very experienced in passenger transportation operations.’’ (Id.) According to Applicants, ‘‘[t]he addition of Wise to the carriers held by National Express is consistent with the practices within the passenger motor carrier industry of strong, well-managed transportation organizations adapting their corporate structure to operate several different passenger carriers within the same services markets, but in different geographic areas.’’ (Id.) Applicants assert that Wise is experienced in some of the same market segments already served by some of the National Express Affiliated Carriers. (Id. at 9–10.) Applicants expect the transaction to result in improved operating efficiencies, increased equipment utilization rates, and cost savings derived from economies of scale, all of which, Applicants state, would help to ensure the provision of adequate service to the public. (Id. at 10.) Applicants further assert that bringing Wise within the National Express corporate family would serve to enhance the viability of the overall organization and the operations of the National Express Affiliated Carriers, which would ensure the continued availability of adequate passenger transportation service for the public. (Id.) Applicants also claim that neither competition nor the public interest would be adversely affected by the contemplated transaction. Applicants state that the population and demand for charter and shuttle services in Nashville, Tenn., and the surrounding area (the Service Area) have consistently grown and are expected to increase in the foreseeable future. (Id. at 11.) According to Applicants, Wise competes directly with other passenger charter and shuttle service providers in the Service Area, including Anchor Tours, First Class Charter, Grand Avenue, and Gray Line Nashville. (Id. at 11–12.) Applicants state that the Service Area is geographically dispersed from the service areas of the National Express Affiliated Carriers, and there is very limited overlap in the service areas and customer bases among the National Express Affiliated Carriers and Wise. (Id. at 12.) Thus, Applicants state that the impact of the contemplated transaction on the regulated motor VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:22 Sep 27, 2018 Jkt 244001 carrier industry would be minimal at most and that neither competition nor the public interest would be adversely affected. (Id.) Applicants assert that there are no significant fixed charges associated with the contemplated transaction. (Id. at 10.) Applicants also state that National Express does not anticipate a measurable reduction in force or changes in compensation levels or benefits to employees. (Id.) Applicants submit, however, that staffing redundancies could result in limited downsizing of back-office or manageriallevel personnel. (Id.) The Board finds that the acquisition proposed in the application is consistent with the public interest and should be tentatively approved and authorized. If any opposing comments are timely filed, these findings will be deemed vacated, and, unless a final decision can be made on the record as developed, a procedural schedule will be adopted to reconsider the application. See 49 CFR 1182.6(c). If no opposing comments are filed by the expiration of the comment period, this notice will take effect automatically and will be the final Board action. This action is categorically excluded from environmental review under 49 CFR 1105.6(c). Board decisions and notices are available on our website at www.stb.gov. It is ordered: 1. The proposed transaction is approved and authorized, subject to the filing of opposing comments. 2. If opposing comments are timely filed, the findings made in this notice will be deemed vacated. 3. This notice will be effective November 14, 2018, unless opposing comments are filed by November 13, 2018. 4. A copy of this notice will be served on: (1) The U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590; (2) the U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, 10th Street & Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20530; and (3) the U.S. Department of Transportation, Office of the General Counsel, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590. Decided: September 24, 2018. By the Board, Board Members Begeman and Miller. Kenyatta Clay, Clearance Clerk. [FR Doc. 2018–21142 Filed 9–27–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4915–01–P PO 00000 Frm 00101 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD [Docket No. FD 36217] San Pedro Valley Railroad, LLC— Operation Exemption—San Pedro Valley Holdings, LLC in Cochise County, Ariz. San Pedro Valley Railroad, LLC (SPVR), a noncarrier, has filed a verified notice of exemption under 49 CFR 1150.31 to operate two rail lines being acquired by San Pedro Valley Holdings, LLC: (1) From point of connection to Union Pacific Railroad (UP) at milepost 1033.25 at or near Benson, to milepost 1040.15 at or near St. David, a distance of 6.9 miles in Cochise County, Ariz.; and (2) from point of connection to UP at milepost 1074 at or near Wilcox, to all tracks at Wilcox Yard, a total of 8,281 feet or 1.57 miles, in Cochise County (collectively, the Lines). The Lines total approximately 8.47 miles. This transaction is related to a concurrently filed verified notice of exemption in Gregory B. Cundiff— Continuance in Control Exemption— San Pedro Valley Railroad, LLC in Cochise County, Ariz., Docket No. FD 36219, in which Ironhorse Resources, Inc., seeks Board approval to continue in control of SPVR upon SPVR’s becoming a Class III rail carrier. SPVR certifies that, as a result of the proposed transaction, its projected annual revenues will not result in its becoming a Class I or Class II rail carrier and will not exceed $5 million. SPVR also certifies that the proposed transaction does not involve any interchange commitments as defined in 49 CFR 1150.43(h). The earliest this transaction may be consummated is October 17, 2018, the effective date of the exemption (30 days after the verified notice was filed).1 SPVR states that it intends to consummate the transaction no sooner than 30 days after the filing of this notice of 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 to stay must be filed by October 10, 2018 (at least seven days before the exemption becomes effective). 1 SPVR filed its verified notice of exemption on August 30, 2018. On September 17, 2018, however, SPVR supplemented its verified notice to clarify references to Docket No. FD 36219. Therefore, September 17, 2018, is deemed the verified notice’s filing date. E:\FR\FM\28SEN1.SGM 28SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 189 / Friday, September 28, 2018 / Notices An original and 10 copies of all pleadings, referring to Docket No. FD 36217, 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 SPVR’s counsel, Thomas F. McFarland, Thomas F. McFarland, P.C., 208 South LaSalle Street, Suite 1666, Chicago, IL 60604–1228. According to SPVR, no environmental or historic documentation or report is required pursuant to 49 CFR 1105.6(c) and 1105.8(b). Board decisions and notices are available on our website at www.stb.gov. Decided: September 25, 2018. By the Board, Scott M. Zimmerman, Acting Director, Office of Proceedings. Jeffrey Herzig, Clearance Clerk. [FR Doc. 2018–21181 Filed 9–27–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4915–01–P SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD 30-Day Notice of Intent To Seek Extension of Approval of Collections: Rail Carrier Financial Reports Surface Transportation Board. Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: ACTION: As part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork burdens, and as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), the Surface Transportation Board (Board) gives notice of its intent to request from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval without change of the six existing collections described below. The Board previously published a notice about this collection in the Federal Register (July 11, 2018). That notice allowed for a 60-day public review and comment period. No comments were received. DATES: Comments on these information collections should be submitted by October 29, 2018. ADDRESSES: Written comments should be identified as ‘‘Paperwork Reduction Act Comments, Surface Transportation Board: Rail Carrier Financial Reports.’’ These comments should be directed to the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attention: Michael McManus, Surface Transportation Board Desk Officer: By email at oira_submission@ omb.eop.gov; by fax at (202) 395–1743; or by mail to Room 10235, 725 17th Street NW, Washington, DC 20503. Please also direct comments to Chris Oehrle, PRA Officer, Surface amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES1 SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:22 Sep 27, 2018 Jkt 244001 Transportation Board, 395 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20423–0001, or to pra@ stb.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information regarding these collections, contact Pedro Ramirez at (202) 245–0333 or pedro.ramirez@ stb.gov. Assistance for the hearing impaired is available through the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877–8339. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Comments are requested concerning each collection as to (1) whether the particular collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Board, including whether the collection has practical utility; (2) the accuracy of the Board’s burden estimates; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on the respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology, when appropriate. Submitted comments will be included and/or summarized in the Board’s request for OMB approval. Subjects: In this notice, the Board is requesting comments on the following information collections: Description of Collection 1 Title: Quarterly Report of Revenues, Expenses, and Income—Railroads (Form RE&I). OMB Control Number: 2140–0013. Form Number: Form RE&I. Type of Review: Extension without change. Respondents: Class I railroads. Number of Respondents: Seven. Estimated Time per Response: Six hours. Frequency of Response: Quarterly. Total Annual Hour Burden: 168 hours annually. Total Annual ‘‘Non-Hour Burden’’ Cost: None identified. Filings are submitted electronically to the Board. Needs and Uses: This collection is a report of railroad operating revenues, operating expenses and income items. It is also a profit and loss statement, disclosing net railway operating income on a quarterly and year-to-date basis for current and prior years. See 49 CFR 1243.1. The Board uses the information in this report to ensure competitive, efficient, and safe transportation through general oversight programs that monitor and forecast the financial and operating condition of railroads, and through regulation of railroad rate and service issues and rail restructuring proposals, including railroad mergers, PO 00000 Frm 00102 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 49149 consolidations, acquisitions of control, and abandonments. Information from these reports is used by the Board, other federal agencies, and industry groups to monitor and assess industry growth and operations, detect changes in carrier financial stability, and identify trends that may affect the national transportation system. Some of the information from these reports is compiled by the Board in our quarterly Selected Earnings Data Report, which is published on the Board’s website, https://www.stb.gov/stb/industry/econ_ reports.html. The information contained in these reports is not available from any other source. Description of Collection 2 Title: Quarterly Condensed Balance Sheet—Railroads (Form CBS). OMB Control Number: 2140–0014. Form Number: Form CBS. Type of Review: Extension without change. Respondents: Class I railroads. Number of Respondents: Seven. Estimated Time per Response: Six hours. Frequency of Response: Quarterly. Total Annual Hour Burden: 168 hours annually. Total Annual ‘‘Non-Hour Burden’’ Cost: None identified. Filings are submitted electronically to the Board. Needs and Uses: This collection shows the balance, quarterly and cumulative, for the current and prior year of the carrier’s assets and liabilities, gross capital expenditures, and revenue tons carried. See 49 CFR 1243.2. The Board uses the information in this report to ensure competitive, efficient, and safe transportation through general oversight programs that monitor and forecast the financial and operating condition of railroads, and through specific regulation of railroad rate and service issues and rail restructuring proposals, including railroad mergers, consolidations, acquisitions of control, and abandonments. Information from these reports is used by the Board, other federal agencies, and industry groups to assess industry growth and operations, detect changes in carrier financial stability, and identify trends that may affect the national transportation system. Revenue ton-miles, which are reported in these reports, are compiled and published by the Board in its quarterly Selected Earnings Data Report, which is published on the Board’s website, https://www.stb.gov/stb/ industry/econ_reports.html. The information contained in these reports is not available from any other source. 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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 189 (Friday, September 28, 2018)]
[Notices]
[Pages 49148-49149]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-21181]


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SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD

[Docket No. FD 36217]


San Pedro Valley Railroad, LLC--Operation Exemption--San Pedro 
Valley Holdings, LLC in Cochise County, Ariz.

    San Pedro Valley Railroad, LLC (SPVR), a noncarrier, has filed a 
verified notice of exemption under 49 CFR 1150.31 to operate two rail 
lines being acquired by San Pedro Valley Holdings, LLC: (1) From point 
of connection to Union Pacific Railroad (UP) at milepost 1033.25 at or 
near Benson, to milepost 1040.15 at or near St. David, a distance of 
6.9 miles in Cochise County, Ariz.; and (2) from point of connection to 
UP at milepost 1074 at or near Wilcox, to all tracks at Wilcox Yard, a 
total of 8,281 feet or 1.57 miles, in Cochise County (collectively, the 
Lines). The Lines total approximately 8.47 miles.
    This transaction is related to a concurrently filed verified notice 
of exemption in Gregory B. Cundiff--Continuance in Control Exemption--
San Pedro Valley Railroad, LLC in Cochise County, Ariz., Docket No. FD 
36219, in which Ironhorse Resources, Inc., seeks Board approval to 
continue in control of SPVR upon SPVR's becoming a Class III rail 
carrier.
    SPVR certifies that, as a result of the proposed transaction, its 
projected annual revenues will not result in its becoming a Class I or 
Class II rail carrier and will not exceed $5 million. SPVR also 
certifies that the proposed transaction does not involve any 
interchange commitments as defined in 49 CFR 1150.43(h).
    The earliest this transaction may be consummated is October 17, 
2018, the effective date of the exemption (30 days after the verified 
notice was filed).\1\ SPVR states that it intends to consummate the 
transaction no sooner than 30 days after the filing of this notice of 
exemption.
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    \1\ SPVR filed its verified notice of exemption on August 30, 
2018. On September 17, 2018, however, SPVR supplemented its verified 
notice to clarify references to Docket No. FD 36219. Therefore, 
September 17, 2018, is deemed the verified notice's filing date.
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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 to stay must be filed by October 10, 2018 (at 
least seven days before the exemption becomes effective).

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    An original and 10 copies of all pleadings, referring to Docket No. 
FD 36217, 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 SPVR's counsel, Thomas F. McFarland, Thomas 
F. McFarland, P.C., 208 South LaSalle Street, Suite 1666, Chicago, IL 
60604-1228.
    According to SPVR, no environmental or historic documentation or 
report is required pursuant to 49 CFR 1105.6(c) and 1105.8(b).
    Board decisions and notices are available on our website at 
www.stb.gov.

    Decided: September 25, 2018.

    By the Board, Scott M. Zimmerman, Acting Director, Office of 
Proceedings.
Jeffrey Herzig,
Clearance Clerk.
[FR Doc. 2018-21181 Filed 9-27-18; 8:45 am]
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