Alabama Southern Railroad, L.L.C.-Lease Exemption With Interchange Commitment-The Kansas City Southern Railway Company, 18585 [2021-07265]

Download as PDF 18585 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 67 / Friday, April 9, 2021 / Notices Number of respondents Modality of completion SSA–308 ....................................................... I 2,465 Average burden per response (minutes) Frequency of response I 1 I 10 Average theoretical hourly cost amount (dollars) * Estimated total annual burden (hours) I 411 I * $10.95 Average wait time in field office (minutes) ** I ** 24 Total annual opportunity cost (dollars) *** I *** $15,297 * We based this figure on average DI payments based on SSA’s current FY 2021 data (https://www.ssa.gov/legislation/2021FactSheet.pdf). ** We based this figure on the average FY 2020 wait times for field offices, based on SSA’s current management information data. *** This figure does not represent actual costs that SSA is imposing on recipients of Social Security payments to complete this application; rather, these are theoretical opportunity costs for the additional time respondents will spend to complete the application. There is no actual charge to respondents to complete the application. Dated: April 5, 2021. Eric Lowman, Acting Reports Clearance Officer, Office of Legislative Development and Operations, Social Security Administration. Alabama Southern Railroad, L.L.C. (ABS), a Class III rail carrier, has filed a verified notice of exemption pursuant to 49 CFR 1150.41 to continue to lease from The Kansas City Southern Railway Company (KCS) and operate approximately 85.6 miles of rail lines extending between: (1) Milepost 17.0 near Columbus, Miss., and milepost 78.9 at Tuscaloosa, Ala. (the Tuscaloosa Subdivision); (2) milepost 0.0 at Tuscaloosa and milepost 9.3 near Fox, Ala. (the Warrior Branch); and (3) milepost 443.5 at Brookwood Junction, Ala., and milepost 429.1 at Brookwood, Ala. (the Brookwood Branch) (collectively, the Lines). According to the verified notice, ABS has leased and operated the Lines since 2005.1 ABS states that it has entered into an amendment of the lease agreement governing the Lines, which will extend the term of the lease until November 30, 2034. ABS states that it will continue to be the operator of the Lines. According to ABS, the amended lease between ABS and KCS contains an interchange commitment that affects interchange with carriers other than KCS.2 The affected interchanges are with Alabama & Gulf Coast Railway (AGR), BNSF Railway Company (BNSF), and Columbus & Greenville Railway (CAGR) at Columbus; 3 Norfolk Southern Railway Company at Tuscaloosa; and CSX Transportation, Inc., at Brookwood. As required under 49 CFR 1150.43(h), ABS provided additional information regarding the interchange commitment. ABS has certified that its projected annual revenues as a result of this transaction will not result in ABS becoming a Class II or Class I rail carrier, but that its projected annual revenues will exceed $5 million. Pursuant to 49 CFR 1150.42(e), if a carrier’s projected annual revenues will exceed $5 million, it must, at least 60 days before this exemption is to become effective, post a notice of its intent to undertake the proposed transaction at the workplace of the employees on the affected lines, serve a copy of the notice on the national offices of the labor unions with employees on the affected lines, and certify to the Board that it has done so. However, ABS, concurrently with its verified notice of exemption, filed a petition for waiver of the 60-day advance labor notice requirement. ABS’s waiver request will be addressed in a separate decision. The Board will establish the effective date of the exemption in its separate decision on the waiver request. If the 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 16, 2021. All pleadings, referring to Docket No. FD 36353, should be filed with the 1 ABS was granted authority to lease and operate the Lines in Alabama Southern Railroad—Lease & Operation Exemption—Kansas City Southern Railway, FD 34754 (STB served Dec. 2, 2005). ABS was granted authority for an amendment to the lease extending its term to November 30, 2024, in Alabama Southern Railroad—Lease & Operation Exemption Including Interchange Commitment— Kansas City Southern Railway, FD 35889 (STB served Jan. 2, 2015). 2 A copy of the amended lease with the interchange commitment was submitted under seal. See 49 CFR 1150.43(h)(1). 3 ABS states that the potential connection with AGR, BNSF, and CAGR at Columbus exists on a KCS-owned segment of railroad line that ABS does not lease (and will not be leasing pursuant to the present transaction), but over which ABS operates strictly for purposes of effecting interchange with KCS at Artesia, Miss. [FR Doc. 2021–07266 Filed 4–8–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4191–02–P SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD [Docket No. FD 36353] Alabama Southern Railroad, L.L.C.— Lease Exemption With Interchange Commitment—The Kansas City Southern Railway Company VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:45 Apr 08, 2021 Jkt 253001 PO 00000 Frm 00092 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Surface Transportation Board via efiling on the Board’s website. In addition, one copy of each pleading must be served on ABS’s representative: Bradon J. Smith, Fletcher & Sippel LLC, 29 North Wacker Drive, Suite 800, Chicago, IL 60606. According to ABS, 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: April 5, 2021. By the Board, Allison C. Davis, Director, Office of Proceedings. Eden Besera, Clearance Clerk. [FR Doc. 2021–07265 Filed 4–8–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4915–01–P SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD [Docket No. FD 36495] GG Railroad, LLC—Acquisition and Operation Exemption—Line of BQ Railroad Company GG Railroad, LLC (GGRR), a noncarrier and wholly owned subsidiary of Gavilon Grain LLC, has filed a verified notice of exemption under 49 CFR 1150.31 to acquire and operate approximately 1.64 miles of rail line located between milepost 8.0 and milepost 9.64 at Rogers, in Barnes County, N.D. (the Line). The Line is currently owned and operated by BQ Railroad Company (BQRR), a Class III rail carrier. The verified notice states that GGRR and BQRR are parties to an agreement that, when finalized, will include the sale of all of BQRR’s rights in the Line and underlying land to GGRR, to be conveyed via a quitclaim deed. GGRR states it will own, operate, and provide common carrier service to shippers on the Line, noting there is currently only one shipper, a grain facility. According to GGRR, BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) retains trackage rights over the Line but has not utilized those trackage rights in approximately 15 years. E:\FR\FM\09APN1.SGM 09APN1

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[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 67 (Friday, April 9, 2021)]
[Notices]
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[FR Doc No: 2021-07265]


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SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD

[Docket No. FD 36353]


Alabama Southern Railroad, L.L.C.--Lease Exemption With 
Interchange Commitment--The Kansas City Southern Railway Company

    Alabama Southern Railroad, L.L.C. (ABS), a Class III rail carrier, 
has filed a verified notice of exemption pursuant to 49 CFR 1150.41 to 
continue to lease from The Kansas City Southern Railway Company (KCS) 
and operate approximately 85.6 miles of rail lines extending between: 
(1) Milepost 17.0 near Columbus, Miss., and milepost 78.9 at 
Tuscaloosa, Ala. (the Tuscaloosa Subdivision); (2) milepost 0.0 at 
Tuscaloosa and milepost 9.3 near Fox, Ala. (the Warrior Branch); and 
(3) milepost 443.5 at Brookwood Junction, Ala., and milepost 429.1 at 
Brookwood, Ala. (the Brookwood Branch) (collectively, the Lines).
    According to the verified notice, ABS has leased and operated the 
Lines since 2005.\1\ ABS states that it has entered into an amendment 
of the lease agreement governing the Lines, which will extend the term 
of the lease until November 30, 2034. ABS states that it will continue 
to be the operator of the Lines.
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    \1\ ABS was granted authority to lease and operate the Lines in 
Alabama Southern Railroad--Lease & Operation Exemption--Kansas City 
Southern Railway, FD 34754 (STB served Dec. 2, 2005). ABS was 
granted authority for an amendment to the lease extending its term 
to November 30, 2024, in Alabama Southern Railroad--Lease & 
Operation Exemption Including Interchange Commitment--Kansas City 
Southern Railway, FD 35889 (STB served Jan. 2, 2015).
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    According to ABS, the amended lease between ABS and KCS contains an 
interchange commitment that affects interchange with carriers other 
than KCS.\2\ The affected interchanges are with Alabama & Gulf Coast 
Railway (AGR), BNSF Railway Company (BNSF), and Columbus & Greenville 
Railway (CAGR) at Columbus; \3\ Norfolk Southern Railway Company at 
Tuscaloosa; and CSX Transportation, Inc., at Brookwood. As required 
under 49 CFR 1150.43(h), ABS provided additional information regarding 
the interchange commitment.
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    \2\ A copy of the amended lease with the interchange commitment 
was submitted under seal. See 49 CFR 1150.43(h)(1).
    \3\ ABS states that the potential connection with AGR, BNSF, and 
CAGR at Columbus exists on a KCS-owned segment of railroad line that 
ABS does not lease (and will not be leasing pursuant to the present 
transaction), but over which ABS operates strictly for purposes of 
effecting interchange with KCS at Artesia, Miss.
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    ABS has certified that its projected annual revenues as a result of 
this transaction will not result in ABS becoming a Class II or Class I 
rail carrier, but that its projected annual revenues will exceed $5 
million. Pursuant to 49 CFR 1150.42(e), if a carrier's projected annual 
revenues will exceed $5 million, it must, at least 60 days before this 
exemption is to become effective, post a notice of its intent to 
undertake the proposed transaction at the workplace of the employees on 
the affected lines, serve a copy of the notice on the national offices 
of the labor unions with employees on the affected lines, and certify 
to the Board that it has done so. However, ABS, concurrently with its 
verified notice of exemption, filed a petition for waiver of the 60-day 
advance labor notice requirement. ABS's waiver request will be 
addressed in a separate decision. The Board will establish the 
effective date of the exemption in its separate decision on the waiver 
request.
    If the 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 16, 2021.
    All pleadings, referring to Docket No. FD 36353, should be filed 
with the Surface Transportation Board via e-filing on the Board's 
website. In addition, one copy of each pleading must be served on ABS's 
representative: Bradon J. Smith, Fletcher & Sippel LLC, 29 North Wacker 
Drive, Suite 800, Chicago, IL 60606.
    According to ABS, 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: April 5, 2021.

    By the Board, Allison C. Davis, Director, Office of Proceedings.
Eden Besera,
Clearance Clerk.
[FR Doc. 2021-07265 Filed 4-8-21; 8:45 am]
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