Grafton and Upton Railroad Company-Acquisition and Operation Exemption-CSX Transportation, Inc., 65132 [2020-22654]

Download as PDF 65132 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 199 / Wednesday, October 14, 2020 / Notices office of the Exchange. All comments received will be posted without change. Persons submitting comments are cautioned that we do not redact or edit personal identifying information from comment submissions. You should submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–CBOE–2020–091 and should be submitted on or before November 4, 2020. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.17 J. Matthew DeLesDernier, Assistant Secretary. [FR Doc. 2020–22713 Filed 10–13–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD [Docket No. FD 36444] jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Grafton and Upton Railroad Company—Acquisition and Operation Exemption—CSX Transportation, Inc. Grafton and Upton Railroad Company (G&U), a Class III carrier, has filed a verified notice of exemption under 49 CFR 1150.41 to acquire by easement and operate approximately 8.4 miles of rail line (known as the Milford Secondary) between milepost QVG 0 and milepost QVG 8.4 in Milford, Bellingham, and Franklin, Mass. (the Line), which is owned by CSX Transportation, Inc. (CSXT). The verified notice states that G&U will operate and exclusively provide all common carrier freight service to shippers served by the Line pursuant to an Easement Agreement and related agreements with CSXT. According to G&U, the agreements provide for an initial term of ten years, subject to three five-year extensions if certain conditions are met. G&U certifies that its projected annual revenues as a result of this transaction will not exceed $5 million or the threshold required to qualify as a Class III carrier. G&U also certifies that the proposed transaction does not involve a provision or agreement that may limit future interchange with a third-party connecting carrier. The transaction may be consummated on or after October 28, 2020, 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) 17 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:15 Oct 13, 2020 Jkt 253001 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 21, 2020 (at least seven days before the exemption becomes effective). All pleadings, referring to Docket No. FD 36444, must be filed with the Surface Transportation Board either via e-filing or in writing addressed to 395 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20423–0001. In addition, a copy of each pleading must be served on G&U’s representative, James E. Howard, 57 Via Buena Vista, Monterey, CA 93940. According to G&U, this action is categorically excluded from environmental review under 49 CFR 1105.6(c) and from historic preservation reporting requirements under 49 CFR 1105.8(b). Board decisions and notices are available at www.stb.gov. Decided: October 7, 2020. By the Board, Allison C. Davis, Director, Office of Proceedings. Regena Smith-Bernard, Clearance Clerk. [FR Doc. 2020–22654 Filed 10–13–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4915–01–P SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD [Docket No. FD 36438] Watco Holdings, Inc.—Continuance in Control Exemption—Elwood Joliet & Southern Railroad, L.L.C. Watco Holdings, Inc. (Watco), a noncarrier, has filed a verified notice of exemption under 49 CFR 1180.2(d)(2) to continue in control of Elwood Joliet & Southern Railroad, L.L.C. (EJSR), a noncarrier controlled by Watco, upon EJSR’s becoming a Class III rail carrier. This transaction is related to a verified notice of exemption filed concurrently in Elwood Joliet & Southern Railroad, L.L.C.—Lease and Operation Exemption—Wisconsin Central Ltd., Docket No. FD 36437, in which EJSR seeks to lease from Wisconsin Central Ltd. (WCL) and operate approximately 1.2 miles of rail line extending from a point immediately east of a switch that lies 0.1 mile west of the switch at WCL milepost 2.4/ Phoenix milepost 0.0 at Sprague, in Crest Hill, Ill., to Phoenix milepost 1.1 in Joliet, Ill. The transaction may be consummated on or after October 28, 2020, the effective date of the exemption. According to the verified notice of exemption, Watco currently controls PO 00000 Frm 00107 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 indirectly 38 Class III railroads 1 and one Class II railroad, collectively operating in 28 states.2 For a complete list of these rail carriers and the states in which they operate, see the Appendix to Watco’s September 24, 2020 verified notice of exemption. The verified notice is available at www.stb.gov. Watco represents that: (1) The rail line to be operated by EJSR does not connect with the rail lines of any of the rail carriers controlled by Watco; (2) this transaction is not part of a series of anticipated transactions that would connect EJSR with any railroad in the Watco corporate family; and (3) the transaction does not involve a Class I rail carrier. The proposed transaction is therefore exempt from the prior approval requirements of 49 U.S.C. 11323 pursuant to 49 CFR 1180.2(d)(2). Watco states that the transaction will allow it to exercise common control of its existing rail carrier subsidiaries and EJSR and that, in turn, the control exemption will allow EJSR to proceed with the lease and operation of the line as contemplated in Docket No. FD 36437. Under 49 U.S.C. 10502(g), the Board may not use its exemption authority to relieve a rail carrier of its statutory obligation to protect the interests of its employees. Because the transaction involves the control of one Class II and one or more Class III rail carriers, the transaction is subject to the labor protection requirements of 49 U.S.C. 11326(b) and Wisconsin Central Ltd.— Acquisition Exemption—Lines of Union Pacific Railroad, 2 S.T.B. 218 (1997). If the verified notice contains false or misleading information, the exemption 1 Watco’s list of carriers states that Geaux Geaux Railroad (GGRR) is a trade name for Bogalusa Bayou Railroad, L.L.C. (BBRR). (See also Watco Letter 1– 2 (stating that GGRR is a trade name of BBRR).) Some previous Watco filings in other dockets had suggested that GGRR was an additional, distinct carrier controlled by Watco. See Watco Notice of Exemption 8–9, Watco Holdings, Inc.—Continuance in Control Exemption—Savannah & Old Fort R.R., FD 36337 (listing ‘‘Geaux Geaux River’’ as an additional Watco carrier); Watco Notice of Exemption 8–9, Watco Holdings, Inc.—Continuance in Control Exemption—Ithaca Cent. R.R., FD 36243 (same); Watco Notice of Exemption 8–9, Watco Holdings, Inc.—Continuance in Control Exemption—Decatur & E. Ill. R.R., FD 36209 (same). Watco now states that that is not the case. Rather, Geaux Geaux Railroad, L.L.C.—an entity distinct from BBRR and not affiliated with Watco—acquired a line and later granted BBRR operating rights over it, which BBRR has carried out under the trade name GGRR. See Geaux Geaux R.R.—Acquis. & Operation Exemption—Ill. Cent. R.R., FD 35826 (STB served May 23, 2014); Bogalusa Bayou R.R. d/ b/a Geaux Geaux R.R.—Operation Exemption— Geaux Geaux R.R., FD 35904 (STB served Feb. 13, 2015). 2 Although Watco’s verified notice states that the carriers it controls operate in 27 states, the notice lists 28 different states. E:\FR\FM\14OCN1.SGM 14OCN1

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SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD

[Docket No. FD 36444]


Grafton and Upton Railroad Company--Acquisition and Operation 
Exemption--CSX Transportation, Inc.

    Grafton and Upton Railroad Company (G&U), a Class III carrier, has 
filed a verified notice of exemption under 49 CFR 1150.41 to acquire by 
easement and operate approximately 8.4 miles of rail line (known as the 
Milford Secondary) between milepost QVG 0 and milepost QVG 8.4 in 
Milford, Bellingham, and Franklin, Mass. (the Line), which is owned by 
CSX Transportation, Inc. (CSXT).
    The verified notice states that G&U will operate and exclusively 
provide all common carrier freight service to shippers served by the 
Line pursuant to an Easement Agreement and related agreements with 
CSXT. According to G&U, the agreements provide for an initial term of 
ten years, subject to three five-year extensions if certain conditions 
are met.
    G&U certifies that its projected annual revenues as a result of 
this transaction will not exceed $5 million or the threshold required 
to qualify as a Class III carrier. G&U also certifies that the proposed 
transaction does not involve a provision or agreement that may limit 
future interchange with a third-party connecting carrier.
    The transaction may be consummated on or after October 28, 2020, 
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 21, 
2020 (at least seven days before the exemption becomes effective).
    All pleadings, referring to Docket No. FD 36444, must be filed with 
the Surface Transportation Board either via e-filing or in writing 
addressed to 395 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20423-0001. In addition, a 
copy of each pleading must be served on G&U's representative, James E. 
Howard, 57 Via Buena Vista, Monterey, CA 93940.
    According to G&U, this action is categorically excluded from 
environmental review under 49 CFR 1105.6(c) and from historic 
preservation reporting requirements under 49 CFR 1105.8(b).
    Board decisions and notices are available at www.stb.gov.

    Decided: October 7, 2020.

    By the Board, Allison C. Davis, Director, Office of Proceedings.
Regena Smith-Bernard,
Clearance Clerk.
[FR Doc. 2020-22654 Filed 10-13-20; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4915-01-P