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The Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway Company-Acquisition Exemption-Lines of Union Pacific Railroad Company

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Surface Transportation Board.


Notice of exemption.


The Board grants an exemption under 49 U.S.C. 10502, from the prior approval requirements of 49 U.S.C. 11323-25, for The Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway Company (BNSF) to purchase and operate a 2.25-mile segment of Union Pacific Railroad Company's (UP) line from Orin to Orin Junction, WY, and UP's undivided one-half ownership interest in a 3.06-mile segment of rail line between Orin Junction and Fisher, WY.


This exemption will be effective September 13, 2000. Petitions to stay must be filed by August 24, 2000, and petitions to reopen must be filed by September 5, 2000.


Send an original and 10 copies of pleadings referring to STB Finance Docket No. 33871 to: Surface Transportation Board, Office of the Secretary, Case Control Unit, 1925 K Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20423-0001. In addition, send one copy of pleadings to petitioner's representative: Michael A. Smith, Freeborn & Peters, 311 South Wacker Drive, Suite 300, Chicago, IL 60606.

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Beryl Gordon, (202) 565-1600. [TDD for the hearing impaired: 1-800-877-8339.]

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Additional information is contained in the Board's decision. To purchase a copy of the full decision, write to, call, or pick up in person from: Dā-To-Dā Office Solutions, 1925 K Street, N.W., Suite 405, Washington, DC 20006. Telephone: (202) 466-5530. [Assistance for the hearing impaired is available through TDD Services 1-800-877-8339.]

Board decisions and notices are available on our website at “WWW.STB.DOT.GOV.

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Decided: August 4, 2000.

By the Board, Chairman Morgan, Vice Chairman Burkes, and Commissioner Clyburn.

Vernon A. Williams,


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[FR Doc. 00-20435 Filed 8-11-00; 8:45 am]