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Release of Waybill Data
Document Number: E8-9071
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-04-28
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
Union Pacific Railroad Company-Abandonment Exemption-In Douglas and Sarpy Counties, NE
Document Number: E8-8931
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-04-28
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
Consummation of Rail Line Abandonments That Are Subject to Historic Preservation and Other Environmental Conditions
Document Number: E8-8771
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-04-23
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
The Surface Transportation Board is issuing this policy statement to clarify when, under the agency's regulation at 49 CFR 1152.29(e)(2), a carrier may ``consummate'' abandonment and file a ``notice of consummation'' of the abandonment of a rail line where the Board has imposed conditions on its abandonment authorization in order to satisfy section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), 16 U.S.C. 470f, or the National Environmental Policy Act, 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq. (NEPA). In cases where a condition is imposed under NHPA, a notice of consummation should not be filed for any part of the line until the historic review process is completed and the condition is removed. However, where a NHPA condition is needed only for a segment of the line or for a particular structure or structures, the railroad may request that the Board modify the condition to allow the railroad to salvage the portions of the line not affected by that condition. In contrast, a condition imposed under NEPA that is related to salvage activities is not a regulatory barrier to consummation of an abandonment.\1\ A notice of consummation may be filed prior to satisfying such a salvage condition. However, filing a notice of consummation in that situation does not remove the condition, which must still be satisfied if and when salvage activities are conducted. If a property encumbered with salvage conditions changes ownership, the new owner must show that it agrees to abide by the salvage conditions at the time of conveyance by referencing the conditions in the instrument of conveyance, and providing a copy of the instrument of conveyance to the Board so that it can be filed in the pertinent abandonment proceeding. Additionally, railroads are cautioned to comply fully with section 106 of NHPA.
Railroad Cost-of-Capital-2006
Document Number: E8-8386
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-04-18
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
On April 15, 2008, the Board served a decision to update its computation of the railroad industry's cost-of-capital for 2006. The composite after-tax cost-of-capital rate for 2006 is found to be 9.94%, based on a current cost-of-debt of 5.97%; a cost of common equity capital of 11.13%; and a capital structure mix comprised of 23.05% debt and 76.95% common equity. The cost-of-capital finding made in this proceeding will be used in a variety of Board proceedings.
R.J. Corman Railroad Company/Central Kentucky Lines, LLC-Trackage Rights Exemption-CSX Transportation, Inc.
Document Number: E8-8159
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-04-17
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
SSP Railroad Holding LLC-Acquisition and Operation Exemption-Mittal Steel USA-Railways Inc
Document Number: E8-7962
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-04-17
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
United States Department of Energy-Rail Construction and Operation-Caliente Rail Line in Lincoln, Nye, and Esmeralda Counties, NV
Document Number: E8-8161
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-04-16
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
The Board is publishing notice of an application filed by the United States Department of Energy (DOE) seeking authority to construct and operate an approximately 300-mile rail line, to be known as the Caliente Line, connecting an existing Union Pacific Railroad Company line near Caliente, NV, to a proposed geologic repository at Yucca Mountain, Nye County, NV. The purpose of this proposed rail line is to allow DOE to transport spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste for disposal at the proposed geologic repository, as well as to provide common carrier rail service to communities situated along the proposed line. The Board, on its own motion, is adopting a procedural schedule that calls for notices of intent to participate and establishes filing dates for submissions on whether this application meets the criteria of 49 U.S.C. 10901.
Illinois Central Railroad Company-Abandonment Exemption-in Dyer County, TN
Document Number: E8-7965
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-04-16
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
Stagecoach Group PLC and Coach USA, Inc., et al.-Control-Megabus Northeast LLC
Document Number: E8-7764
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-04-11
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
On March 13, 2008, Stagecoach Group PLC (Stagecoach) and its subsidiary, Coach USA, Inc. (Coach), noncarriers, and various subsidiaries of each (collectively, applicants) filed an application under 49 U.S.C. 14303 to acquire control of the newly created Megabus Northeast LLC (Northeast), which is owned by co-applicant Independent Bus Company, Inc. (Independent), a motor passenger carrier and wholly owned subsidiary of Coach. Independent also wholly owns Megabus USA, LLC, a motor carrier of passengers. Applicants state that currently Northeast does not hold federally issued authority to operate as a motor common carrier of passengers. Applicants supplemented the application in a March 19, 2008 filing. This application is filed on the premise that Northeast actually obtains the authority it seeks. Persons wishing to oppose this application must follow the rules at 49 CFR 1182.5 and 1182.8. The Board has tentatively approved the transaction, and, if no opposing comments are timely filed, this notice will be the final Board action.
R.J. Corman Railroad Company/Central Kentucky Lines, LLC-Trackage Rights Exemption-CSX Transportation, Inc.
Document Number: E8-7398
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-04-10
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
Quarterly Rail Cost Adjustment Factor
Document Number: E8-7079
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-04-04
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
The Board has approved the second quarter 2008 rail cost adjustment factor (RCAF) and cost index filed by the Association of American Railroads. The second quarter 2008 RCAF (Unadjusted) is 1.077. The second quarter 2008 RCAF (Adjusted) is 0.497. The second quarter 2007 RCAF-5 is 0.471.
Nittany and Bald Eagle Railroad Company-Temporary Trackage Rights Exemption-Norfolk Southern Railway Company
Document Number: E8-6865
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-04-04
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
Alaska Railroad Corporation-Petition for Exemption-To Construct and Operate a Rail Line Between North Pole, Alaska and Delta Junction in Alaska
Document Number: E8-6939
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-04-03
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
On July 6, 2007, the Alaska Railroad Corporation (ARRC) filed a petition with the Surface Transportation Board (Board) pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 10502 for authority to construct and operate a new rail line from the vicinity of North Pole to Delta Junction, Alaska. The project would involve the construction and operation of approximately 80 miles of new main line track. Figure 1 shows ARRC's existing track and the proposed rail line extension from North Pole to Delta Junction (All figures are available for viewing on the Board's Web site at www.stb.dot.gov by going to ``Environmental Matters,'' then selecting ``Key Cases'' in the dropdown; and then when the next page appears, clicking ``Alaska RailroadNorthern Rail Extension''). Because the construction and operation of this project has the potential to result in significant environmental impacts, the Board's Section on Environmental Analysis (SEA) has determined that the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is appropriate. To help determine the scope of the EIS, and as required by the Board's regulations at 49 CFR 1105.10(a)(2), SEA published in the Federal Register and mailed to the public on November 1, 2005, the Notice of Availability of Draft Scope of Study for the EIS, Notice of Scoping Meetings, and Request for Comments. SEA also prepared and distributed to the public a fact sheet that introduced ARRC's Northern Rail Extension, announced SEA's intent to prepare an EIS, requested comments, and gave notice of three public scoping meetings to over 400 citizens, elected officials, Federal, state, and local agencies, tribal organizations, and other potentially interested organizations received this information. SEA held three public scoping meetings in North Pole, Delta Junction, and Anchorage, Alaska on December 6, 7, and 8, 2005, respectively. The scoping comment period concluded January 13, 2006. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Alaska District (USACE); U.S. Coast Guard, Seventeenth Coast Guard District (USCG); Bureau of Land Management, Alaska State Office (BLM); U.S. Department of Defense, Alaskan Command (ALCOM); U.S. Department of Defense, 354th Fighter Wing, Eielson Air Force Base (354th); Federal Transit Administration, Region 10 (FTA); Federal Railroad Administration (FRA); and Alaska Department of Natural Resources (ADNR) requested and were granted cooperating agency status in preparation of the EIS. After review and consideration of all comments received, this notice sets forth the final scope of the EIS. The final scope reflects any changes to the draft scope as a result of the comments, summarizes and addresses the principal environmental concerns raised by the comments, and briefly discusses pertinent issues concerning this project that further clarify the final scope.
CSX Transportation, Inc.-Abandonment Exemption-in Greenbrier and Fayette Counties, WV
Document Number: E8-6448
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-04-03
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
Railroad Cost Recovery Procedures-Productivity Adjustment
Document Number: E8-6846
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-04-02
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
In a decision served on February 22, 2008, we proposed to adopt 1.008 (0.8% per year) as the measure of average change in railroad productivity for the 2002-2006 (5-year) averaging period. This value was a decline of 0.9 of a percentage point from the current measure of 1.7% that was developed for the 2001-2005 period. That decision stated that comments may be filed addressing any perceived data and computational errors in our calculation. It also stated that, if there were no further action taken by the Board, the proposed productivity adjustment would become effective on March 17, 2008. On March 13, 2008, the Board received comments from both the Association of American Railroads and the Western Coal Traffic League. Both parties requested that the Board revisit the development of the output index calculation and make certain other clarifications. By a decision served on March 17, 2008, we postponed the effective date of the annual productivity adjustment. We have reviewed the calculations of the output index for 2006. During that review, we found inconsistencies in the weights associated with certain movements reported in the waybill sample data, and found that these inconsistencies caused a distortion in the resulting productivity calculation. This circumstance has been rectified and the Board is issuing modifications to its annual productivity decision. The Board's original calculation of the output index for 2006 of 0.994 should be modified to 1.018. We will adopt 1.013 (1.3% per year) as the measure of average change in railroad productivity for the 2002-2006 (5-year) averaging period. This value is a decline of 0.4 of a percentage point from the current measure of 1.7% that was developed for the 2001-2005 period. The proposed 5-year (2002-2006) productivity trend calculated using a geometric average is 1.012, or 1.2% per year.
Itasca County Regional Rail Authority-Petition for Exemption-Construction of a Line of Railroad in Itasca County, MN
Document Number: E8-6542
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-04-01
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
On March 9, 2007, the Itasca County Regional Rail Authority (ICRRA) filed a petition with the Surface Transportation Board (Board) seeking authority to construct and operate a new rail line in Itasca County, Minnesota. The Board, through its Section of Environmental Analysis (SEA) and in cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), is the lead agency responsible for the preparation of the Environmental Assessment (EA). The proposed line would extend approximately nine miles, starting at the connection with an existing rail line at Taconite and continuing to the site of a new steel mill to be built by Minnesota Steel Industries, LLC (Minnesota Steel) at the end of the line at Nashwauk, Minnesota. Principal commodities to be handled include miscellaneous chemicals, outbound steel slabs, and taconite pellets. The proposed rail line would initially serve the Minnesota Steel facility, but would also handle any additional traffic that future customers that may locate along the right-of-way generate. The proposed rail line would accommodate one round trip per day, seven days per week. Based on the information provided from all sources to date and its independent analysis, SEA preliminarily concludes that construction and operation of the proposed rail line would not have significant environmental impacts if the Board imposes and ICRRA implements the recommended mitigation measures set forth in the EA. Copies of the EA have been served on all interested parties and will be made available to additional parties upon request. The entire EA is also available for review on the Board's Web site (http:// www.stb.dot.gov) by clicking on the ``Decisions and Notices'' link, then ``E-LIBRARY'' and searching by the Service Date (March 28, 2008) or Docket Number (FD 34992). SEA, working with USACE, will consider all comments received in making its final recommendations to the Board. The Board will then consider SEA's final recommendations and the complete environmental record in making its final decision in this proceeding.
Florida Midland Railroad Company, Inc.-Abandonment Exemption-in Sumter County, FL
Document Number: E8-6445
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-04-01
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
Holland America Line Inc.-Control-Westours Motor Coaches, Inc., Evergreen Trails, Inc., Westmark Hotels of Canada, Ltd., Horizon Coach Lines, Ltd., and Discover Alaska Tours, Inc.
Document Number: E8-5772
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-21
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
On February 21, 2008, Holland America Line Inc. (HAL), a noncarrier that controls four regulated motor passenger carriers, Westours Motor Coaches, Inc. (Westours), Evergreen Trails, Inc., d/b/a Gray Line of Seattle (Evergreen), Westmark Hotels of Canada, Ltd. (Westmark), and Horizon Coach Lines, Ltd. (Horizon),\1\ (collectively, applicants) filed an application under 49 U.S.C. 14303 for acquisition of control by HAL of a new motor passenger carrier, Discover Alaska Tours, Inc. (DAT),\2\ and for continuance in control of Westours, Evergreen, Westmark, and Horizon. Persons wishing to oppose the application must follow the rules at 49 CFR 1182.5 and 1182.8. The Board has tentatively approved the transaction, and, if no opposing comments are timely filed, this notice will be the final Board action.
Union Pacific Railroad Company-Temporary Trackage Rights Exemption-BNSF Railway Company
Document Number: E8-5544
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-20
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
The Board, under 49 U.S.C. 10502, revokes the class exemption as it pertains to the modified trackage rights described in STB Finance Docket No. 34554 (Sub-No. 8) \1\ to permit the trackage rights to expire on or about December 31, 2008, in accordance with the agreement of the parties,\2\ subject to the employee protective conditions set forth in Oregon Short Line R. Co.AbandonmentGoshen, 360 I.C.C. 91 (1979).
San Joaquin Valley Railroad Company-Abandonment Exemption-in Tulare County, CA
Document Number: E8-5548
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-19
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
Fortress Investment Group LLC, et al.-Exemption for Transaction Within a Corporate Family
Document Number: E8-5546
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-19
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
Norfolk Southern Railway Company-Abandonment Exemption-in East Whiteland Township, Chester County, PA
Document Number: E8-4642
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-18
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
Rail Transportation Contracts Under 49 U.S.C. 10709
Document Number: E8-5058
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-03-13
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
The Surface Transportation Board seeks public comments on a proposal to require railroads to include a disclosure statement in any document that they consider to be a rail transportation contract under 49 U.S.C. 10709.
Mid-Michigan Railroad, Inc.-Abandonment Exemption-in Kent, Ionia, and Montcalm Counties, MI
Document Number: E8-4522
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-11
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
Release of Waybill Data
Document Number: E8-4709
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-10
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
San Joaquin Valley Railroad Company-Abandonment Exemption-in Tulare County, CA
Document Number: E8-4421
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-10
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
Union Pacific Railroad Company-Trackage Rights Exemption-BNSF Railway Company
Document Number: E8-3766
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-28
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
Common Carrier Obligation of Railroads
Document Number: E8-3712
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-27
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
The Surface Transportation Board will hold a public hearing beginning at 9 a.m. on Thursday, April 24, 2008, at its headquarters in Washington, DC. The purpose of the public hearing will be to examine issues related to the common carrier obligation of railroads. Persons wishing to speak at the hearing should notify the Board in writing.
Railroad Cost Recovery Procedures Productivity Adjustment
Document Number: E8-3584
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-26
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
The Surface Transportation Board proposes to adopt 1.008 (0.8%) as the measure of average change in railroad productivity for the 2002-2006 (5-year) averaging period. This value is a decline of 0.9 of a percentage point from the current measure of 1.7% that was developed for the 2001-2005 period.
Fenway Partners Capital Fund III, L.P. and Coach America Holdings, Inc.-Control-Renzenberger, Inc.
Document Number: E8-3582
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-26
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
On February 1, 2008, Fenway Partners Capital Fund III, L.P. (Fenway), and its subsidiary, Coach America Holdings, Inc. (Coach America)\1\ (collectively, Applicants), both noncarriers, filed an application under 49 U.S.C. 14303 to acquire control of Renzenberger, Inc. (Renzenberger) (MC-170517). Applicants propose to acquire control via a stock purchase by RZB Acq Corp. (Acquisition Corp.), a corporation formed by Coach America (and thus a wholly owned subsidiary of Coach America). Acquisition Corp. will acquire 100% of the issued and outstanding stock of Renzenberger. Renzenberger will continue to operate as a separate entity. Persons wishing to oppose this application must follow the rules at 49 CFR 1182.5 and 1182.8. The Board has tentatively approved the transaction, and, if no opposing comments are timely filed, this notice will be the final Board action.
Fenway Partners Capital Fund III, L.P., and Coach America Holdings, Inc.-Control-Lakefront Lines, Inc., and Hopkins Airport Limousine Service, Inc.
Document Number: E8-3580
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-26
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
On February 1, 2008, Fenway Partners Capital Fund III, L.P. (Fenway), a noncarrier, and Coach America Holdings, Inc. (Coach America) (collectively, applicants), a noncarrier, have filed an application under 49 U.S.C. 14303 to acquire control of Lakefront Lines, Inc. (Lakefront), and Hopkins Airport Limousine Service, Inc. (Hopkins), both of which are federally regulated motor carriers of passengers. Persons wishing to oppose this application must follow the rules at 49 CFR 1182.5 and 1182.8. The Board has tentatively approved the transaction, and, if no opposing comments are timely filed, this notice will be the final Board action.
Arizona Eastern Railway-Construction and Operation Exemption-In Graham County, Arizona
Document Number: E8-3480
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-25
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
On August 4, 2006, the Arizona Eastern Railway (AZER) filed a petition with the Surface Transportation Board (Board) seeking an exemption under 49 United States Code (U.S.C.) 10502 from prior approval requirements of 49 U.S.C. 10901 for authority to construct and operate 12 miles of new rail line in Graham County, Arizona (AZ). The Board, through its Section of Environmental Analysis (SEA) and in cooperation with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), is the lead agency responsible for the preparation of the Environmental Assessment (EA). The Proposed Action is the construction and operation of a new rail line to connect the Phelps Dodge Dos Pobres Mine (Mine) with the existing 133.5-mile AZER line that operates between Miami, AZ and Bowie, AZ. The proposed rail line would begin near Safford, AZ, at AZER milepost 1133.5, known as the ``Lone Star Junction'' and proceed northerly for 12.1 miles, terminating at the Mine. The proposed rail line would cross agricultural and undeveloped lands, the Gila River, and then would turn in a northeast direction toward the Safford Municipal Airport. The proposed rail line would cross U.S. Highway 70 west of the San Simon River and would also cross Solomon Road, Airport Road, Lone Star Mountain Road, San Juan Road, and Phelps Dodge Road. The crossing at U.S. Highway 70 would consist of a signalized at-grade crossing, including warning lights and automated gates. The other roadway crossings, where traffic volumes are generally low, would consist of signed at-grade crossings with warning lights. The proposed rail line would accommodate one round trip per day, seven days per week, each day of the year. Each trip would consist of 20 to 25 railcars. Principal commodities to be handled include sulfuric acid, copper, and copper-related products. Based on the information provided from all sources to date and its independent analysis, SEA preliminarily concludes that construction and operation of the proposed rail line would not have significant environmental impacts if the Board imposes and AZER implements the recommended mitigation measures set forth in the EA. Copies of the EA have been served on all interested parties and will be made available to additional parties upon request. The entire EA is also available for review on the Board's Web site (http:// www.stb.dot.gov) by clicking on the ``Decisions and Notices'' link, then ``E-LIBRARY'' and searching by the Service Date (February 25, 2008) or Docket Number (FD 34836). SEA, working with FRA, will consider all comments received when making its final recommendations to the Board. The Board will then consider SEA's final recommendations and the complete environmental record in making its final decision in this proceeding.
Notice of Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee Meeting
Document Number: E8-3009
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-19
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
Notice is hereby given of a meeting of the Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee (RETAC), pursuant to section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92-463, as amended (5 U.S.C., App. 2).
Wisconsin Central Ltd.-Abandonment Exemption-in Manitowoc County, WI
Document Number: E8-2764
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-15
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
Union Pacific Railroad Company-Abandonment Exemption-in Jefferson County, TX
Document Number: E8-2762
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-15
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
Union Pacific Railroad Company-Abandonment Exemption-in San Patricio County, TX
Document Number: E8-2640
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-15
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
Union Pacific Railroad Company-Abandonment Exemption-in Los Angeles County, CA
Document Number: E8-2637
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-15
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
Union Pacific Railroad Company-Abandonment Exemption-in Colorado and Wharton Counties, TX
Document Number: E8-2630
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-15
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
Sacramento Valley Railroad, Inc.-Operation Exemption-McClellan Business Park LLC
Document Number: E8-2770
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-14
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
Use of a Multi-Stage Discounted Cash Flow Model in Determining the Railroad Industry's Cost of Capital
Document Number: E8-2707
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-13
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
The Board is seeking comments on the use of a multi-stage Discounted Cash Flow Model to complement the use of the Capital Asset Pricing Model in determining the railroad industry's cost of capital.
The Alaska Railroad Corporation-Petition for Exemption To Construct and Operate a Rail Line Extension to Port MacKenzie, AK
Document Number: E8-2562
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-12
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
The Alaska Railroad Corporation (ARRC) plans to file a petition with the Surface Transportation Board (Board) pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 10502 for authority to construct and operate approximately 30 to 45 miles of new rail line connecting the Matanuska-Susitna Borough's Port MacKenzie (or Port) in south-central Alaska to a point on the ARRC main line between Wasilla and north of Willow, Alaska. The proposed Port MacKenzie Rail Extension (or Project) would provide freight services between the Port and Interior Alaska and would support the Port's continuing development as an intermodal and bulk material resources export and import facility. The Port is owned by the Matanuska-Susitna Borough (MSB) and MSB is a co-sponsor of the Project. Because the construction and operation of this Project has the potential to result in significant environmental impacts, the Board's Section of Environmental Analysis (SEA) has determined that the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is appropriate pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), as amended (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.). The purpose of this Notice of Intent is to notify individuals and agencies interested in or affected by the proposed Project of the decision to prepare an EIS. SEA will hold public scoping meetings as part of the NEPA process associated with the development of the EIS. Additionally, as part of the scoping process, SEA has developed a draft Scope of Study for the EIS for review and comment. Public meeting dates and locations, along with the draft Scope of Study, are provided herein. Dates and Locations: The public scoping meetings will be held at the following locations: March 3, 2008, 5-8 p.m. at Knik Elementary School, 6350 West Hollywood, Wasilla, AK. March 4, 2008, 5-8 p.m. at Big Lake Elementary School, 3808 South Big Lake Road, Big Lake, AK. March 5, 2008, 5-8 p.m. at Willow Area Community Center, Mile 70 Parks Highway, Willow, AK. March 6, 2008, 5-8 p.m. at Houston Middle School, 12801 W. Hawk Lane, Houston, AK. March 10, 2008, 5-8 p.m., at Wasilla Multi-Use Sports Complex, 1001 S. Mack Drive, Wasilla, AK. March 11, 2008, 5-8 p.m. at Anchorage Senior Center, 1300 East 19th Avenue, Anchorage, AK. The scoping meetings will be held in an informal workshop format during which interested persons may ask questions about the proposed Project and the Board's environmental review process, and advise SEA staff about potential environmental effects of the Project. No formal presentations will be made by agency representatives. SEA staff will be available to answer questions and receive comments individually. The meeting locations comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.). Persons that need special accommodations should telephone SEA's toll-free number for the Project at 1-888-257-7560. Interested parties are invited to submit written comments on the draft Scope of Study, alternative routes for the proposed rail line, and other environmental issues and concerns by March 21, 2008, to assure full consideration during the scoping process. SEA will issue a final Scope of Study after the close of the scoping comment period. Summary of the Board's Environmental Review Process: The NEPA process is intended to assist the Board and the public in identifying and assessing the potential environmental consequences of a proposed action before a decision on the proposed action is made. SEA is responsible for ensuring that the Board complies with NEPA and related environmental statutes. The first stage of the EIS process is scoping. Scoping is an open process for determining the scope of environmental issues to be addressed in the EIS. As part of the scoping process, SEA has developed, and has made available in this notice, a draft Scope of Study for the EIS. Concurrently, scoping meetings will be held to provide further opportunities for public involvement and input during the scoping process. In addition to the Scope of Study, interested parties are also encouraged to comment on potential routes for the proposed Project. SEA is currently considering eight alternative routes that have been identified by MSB and ARRC. At the conclusion of the scoping and comment period, SEA will issue a final Scope of Study for the EIS. After issuing the final Scope of Study, SEA will prepare a Draft EIS for the Project. The Draft EIS will address the environmental issues and concerns identified during the scoping process. It will also contain SEA's preliminary recommendations for environmental mitigation measures. The Draft EIS will be made available upon its completion for review and comment by the public, government agencies, and other interested parties. SEA will prepare a Final EIS that considers comments on the Draft EIS. In reaching its decision in this case, the Board will take into account the Draft EIS, the Final EIS, and all environmental comments that are received. SEA has recently invited several agencies to participate in this EIS process as cooperating agencies on the basis of their special expertise or jurisdiction by law. These agencies include: U.S. Army Corps of EngineersAlaska District; Alaska Department of Natural Resources; and U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration. Filing Environmental Comments: Comments submitted by mail should be addressed to: David Navecky, Surface Transportation Board, 395 E Street, SW., Washington, DC 20423-0001, Attention: Environmental Filing, STB Finance Docket No. 35095. Comments may also be filed electronically on the Board's Web site, http://www.stb.dot.gov, by clicking on the ``E-FILING'' link. Please refer to STB Finance Docket No. 35095 in all correspondence, including e-filings, addressed to the Board. Comments are due by March 21, 2008.
Union Pacific Railroad Company-Trackage Rights Exemption (Modification)-Iowa, Chicago & Eastern Railroad Corp.
Document Number: E8-2342
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-08
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
Release of Waybill Data
Document Number: E8-2072
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-05
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
BNSF Railway Company-Discontinuance of Trackage Rights Exemption-in Cook County, IL
Document Number: E8-1652
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-01
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation