Canton Railroad Company-Abandonment Exemption-in Baltimore City, MD, 4601 [2019-02361]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 32 / Friday, February 15, 2019 / Notices SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD [Docket No. AB 193 (Sub-No. 3X)] Canton Railroad Company— Abandonment Exemption—in Baltimore City, MD khammond on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES On January 29, 2019, Canton Railroad Company (Canton Railroad) filed with the Surface Transportation Board (Board) a petition under 49 U.S.C. 10502 for exemption from the prior approval requirements of 49 U.S.C. 10903 to abandon approximately 1,200 linear feet (0.23 miles) of rail line located in Baltimore City, MD. (the Line).1 Canton Railroad states that the Line has no milepost or station designations and is sometimes referred to as the OverFlo Track. The Line traverses U.S. Postal Service ZIP Code 21224. According to Canton Railroad, the last freight service on the Line occurred on December 12, 2017, and shortly thereafter, the only shipper on the Line sold its property to 601 Haven Street LLC (Haven), which does not desire rail service. Canton Railroad states that, following abandonment, it plans to sell the right-of-way to Haven. In a letter appended as Exhibit B to the petition, Haven states that it fully supports the proposed abandonment, which will facilitate its purchase of the right-of-way for non-rail use. Canton Railroad states that, based on the information in its possession, the Line does not contain federally granted rights-of-way, and any documentation in Canton Railroad’s possession will be made available promptly to those requesting it. The interest of railroad employees will be protected by the conditions set forth in Oregon Short Line Railroad— Abandonment Portion Goshen Branch between Firth & Ammon, in Bingham & Bonneville Counties, Idaho, 360 I.C.C. 91 (1979). By issuing this notice, the Board is instituting an exemption proceeding pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 10502(b). A final decision will be issued by May 17, 2019. Any offer of financial assistance (OFA) under 49 CFR 1152.27(b)(2) will be due no later than 10 days after service of a decision granting the petition for exemption.2 Each OFA must 1 Canton Railroad filed a supplement to its petition for exemption on February 7, 2019. 2 The Board modified its OFA procedures effective July 29, 2017. Among other things, the OFA process now requires potential offerors in all abandonment and discontinuance proceedings to file a formal expression of intent to file an offer. The process also requires potential offerors, in their formal expression of intent, to make a preliminary financial responsibility showing based on a calculation using information contained in the carrier’s filing and publicly available information. VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:41 Feb 14, 2019 Jkt 247001 be accompanied by a $1,800 filing fee. See 49 CFR 1002.2(f)(25). All interested persons should be aware that, following abandonment, the Line may be suitable for other public use, including interim trail use. Any request for a public use condition under 49 CFR 1152.28 or for trail use/rail banking under 49 CFR 1152.29 will be due no later than March 7, 2019. Each trail request must be accompanied by a $300 filing fee. See 49 CFR 1002.2(f)(27). All filings in response to this notice must refer to Docket No. AB 193 (SubNo. 3X) and must be sent to: (1) Surface Transportation Board, 395 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20423–0001; and (2) Rose-Michele Nardi, Baker & Miller PLLC, 2401 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20037. Replies to the petition are due on or before March 7, 2019. Persons seeking further information concerning abandonment procedures may contact the Board’s Office of Public Assistance, Governmental Affairs, and Compliance (OPAGAC) at 202–245– 0238 or refer to the full abandonment regulations at 49 CFR part 1152. Questions concerning environmental issues may be directed to the Board’s Office of Environmental Analysis (OEA) at 202–245–0305. Assistance for the hearing impaired is available through the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1– 800–877–8339. An environmental assessment (EA) (or environmental impact statement (EIS), if necessary) prepared by OEA will be served upon all parties of record and upon any other agencies or persons who comment during its preparation. Other interested persons may contact OEA to obtain a copy of the EA (or EIS). EAs in abandonment proceedings normally will be made available within 60 days of the filing of the petition. The deadline for submission of comments on the EA generally will be within 30 days of its service. Board decisions and notices are available at www.stb.gov. Decided: February 11, 2019. By the Board, Allison C. Davis, Acting Director, Office of Proceedings. Jeffrey Herzig, Clearance Clerk. [FR Doc. 2019–02361 Filed 2–14–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4915–01–P See Offers of Financial Assistance, EP 729 (STB served June 29, 2017); 82 FR 30997 (July 5, 2017). PO 00000 Frm 00170 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 4601 SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD [Docket No. FD 36265] San Francisco Bay Railroad, Inc.— Lease and Operation Exemption—San Francisco Port Commission San Francisco Bay Railroad, Inc. (SFBR), a Class III rail carrier, has filed a verified notice of exemption under 49 CFR 1150.41 for the extension of its lease and operation of trackage of the San Francisco Port Commission (the Port) from a connection with the Union Pacific Railroad Company (UP) near the intersection of Amador Street and Cargo Way through the Intermodal Container Transfer Facility and to Piers 92, 94, and 96, a distance of approximately 0.5 route miles and approximately 16,750 track feet in San Francisco, Cal. (the Lines). SFBR states that the Lines do not have mileposts.1 SFBR states that, pursuant to agreements between it and the Port, SFBR will extend its lease and license to operate over the Lines until December 31, 2033, with a mutual extension option to December 31, 2038. SFBR verifies that its lease with the Port does not involve a limitation on SFBR’s interchange with a third-party connecting carrier and that UP is the only such connecting carrier. SFBR certifies that its projected annual revenues will not result in the creation of a Class I or II rail carrier and that the projected annual rail revenue of SFBR does not exceed $5 million. The transaction may be consummated on or after March 2, 2019, 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 February 22, 2018 (at least seven days before the exemption becomes effective). An original and 10 copies of all pleadings, referring to Docket No. FD 36265, 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 Thomas J Litwiler, Fletcher & Sippel LLC, 29 North Wacker Drive, Suite 800, Chicago, Ill. 60606– 3208. 1 SFBR, under a different name at the time, obtained authority to operate over the Lines in 2001 related to a previous lease agreement. LB Railco, Inc.—Lease & Operation Exemption—S.F. Port Comm’n, FD 33985 (STB served Jan. 8, 2001). E:\FR\FM\15FEN1.SGM 15FEN1

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SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD

[Docket No. AB 193 (Sub-No. 3X)]


Canton Railroad Company--Abandonment Exemption--in Baltimore 
City, MD

    On January 29, 2019, Canton Railroad Company (Canton Railroad) 
filed with the Surface Transportation Board (Board) a petition under 49 
U.S.C. 10502 for exemption from the prior approval requirements of 49 
U.S.C. 10903 to abandon approximately 1,200 linear feet (0.23 miles) of 
rail line located in Baltimore City, MD. (the Line).\1\ Canton Railroad 
states that the Line has no milepost or station designations and is 
sometimes referred to as the OverFlo Track. The Line traverses U.S. 
Postal Service ZIP Code 21224.
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    \1\ Canton Railroad filed a supplement to its petition for 
exemption on February 7, 2019.
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    According to Canton Railroad, the last freight service on the Line 
occurred on December 12, 2017, and shortly thereafter, the only shipper 
on the Line sold its property to 601 Haven Street LLC (Haven), which 
does not desire rail service. Canton Railroad states that, following 
abandonment, it plans to sell the right-of-way to Haven. In a letter 
appended as Exhibit B to the petition, Haven states that it fully 
supports the proposed abandonment, which will facilitate its purchase 
of the right-of-way for non-rail use.
    Canton Railroad states that, based on the information in its 
possession, the Line does not contain federally granted rights-of-way, 
and any documentation in Canton Railroad's possession will be made 
available promptly to those requesting it.
    The interest of railroad employees will be protected by the 
conditions set forth in Oregon Short Line Railroad--Abandonment Portion 
Goshen Branch between Firth & Ammon, in Bingham & Bonneville Counties, 
Idaho, 360 I.C.C. 91 (1979).
    By issuing this notice, the Board is instituting an exemption 
proceeding pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 10502(b). A final decision will be 
issued by May 17, 2019.
    Any offer of financial assistance (OFA) under 49 CFR 1152.27(b)(2) 
will be due no later than 10 days after service of a decision granting 
the petition for exemption.\2\ Each OFA must be accompanied by a $1,800 
filing fee. See 49 CFR 1002.2(f)(25).
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    \2\ The Board modified its OFA procedures effective July 29, 
2017. Among other things, the OFA process now requires potential 
offerors in all abandonment and discontinuance proceedings to file a 
formal expression of intent to file an offer. The process also 
requires potential offerors, in their formal expression of intent, 
to make a preliminary financial responsibility showing based on a 
calculation using information contained in the carrier's filing and 
publicly available information. See Offers of Financial Assistance, 
EP 729 (STB served June 29, 2017); 82 FR 30997 (July 5, 2017).
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    All interested persons should be aware that, following abandonment, 
the Line may be suitable for other public use, including interim trail 
use. Any request for a public use condition under 49 CFR 1152.28 or for 
trail use/rail banking under 49 CFR 1152.29 will be due no later than 
March 7, 2019. Each trail request must be accompanied by a $300 filing 
fee. See 49 CFR 1002.2(f)(27).
    All filings in response to this notice must refer to Docket No. AB 
193 (Sub-No. 3X) and must be sent to: (1) Surface Transportation Board, 
395 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20423-0001; and (2) Rose-Michele Nardi, 
Baker & Miller PLLC, 2401 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 300, 
Washington, DC 20037. Replies to the petition are due on or before 
March 7, 2019.
    Persons seeking further information concerning abandonment 
procedures may contact the Board's Office of Public Assistance, 
Governmental Affairs, and Compliance (OPAGAC) at 202-245-0238 or refer 
to the full abandonment regulations at 49 CFR part 1152. Questions 
concerning environmental issues may be directed to the Board's Office 
of Environmental Analysis (OEA) at 202-245-0305. Assistance for the 
hearing impaired is available through the Federal Relay Service (FRS) 
at 1-800-877-8339.
    An environmental assessment (EA) (or environmental impact statement 
(EIS), if necessary) prepared by OEA will be served upon all parties of 
record and upon any other agencies or persons who comment during its 
preparation. Other interested persons may contact OEA to obtain a copy 
of the EA (or EIS). EAs in abandonment proceedings normally will be 
made available within 60 days of the filing of the petition. The 
deadline for submission of comments on the EA generally will be within 
30 days of its service.
    Board decisions and notices are available at www.stb.gov.

    Decided: February 11, 2019.

    By the Board, Allison C. Davis, Acting Director, Office of 
Proceedings.
Jeffrey Herzig,
Clearance Clerk.
[FR Doc. 2019-02361 Filed 2-14-19; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4915-01-P