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Notice of Application for Approval of Discontinuance or Modification of a Railroad Signal System or Relief From Requirements

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Pursuant to Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 235 and 49 U.S.C. 20502(a), the following railroads have petitioned the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) seeking approval for the discontinuance or modification of the signal system or relief from the requirements of 49 CFR Part 236 as detailed below.

Docket No. FRA-2000-8038

Applicant: CSX Transportation, Mr. E.G. Peterson, Assistant Chief Engineer, Signal Design and Construction, 4901 Belfort Road, Suite 130 (S/C J-370), Jacksonville, Florida 32256.

CSX Transportation requests reconsideration of BS-AP-No. 3488, seeking approval of the proposed discontinuance and removal of the automatic block signal system, between FD Cabin, milepost CLS-65.2 and Huff Junction, milepost CLS-78.9, West Virginia, on the Logan Subdivision, C&O Business Unit. The proposed method of operation will be by a Direct Traffic Control Block System between milepost CLS-67.1 and milepost CLS-78.9, and Rule 105 between milepost CLS-65.2 and milepost CLS-67.1.

The reason given for the proposed changes is to eliminate facilities no longer needed for present day operation. Presently there are three freight train movements daily in each direction, and while there have been discussions to increase traffic over the past few years, nothing has or is expected to materialize. In addition, no hazardous materials are transported over the trackage, and there are no current plans to use this trackage as a connection to the Norfolk Southern (NS). The old NS connection at West Gilbert has been paved over.

Any interested party desiring to protest the granting of an application shall set forth specifically the grounds upon which the protest is made, and contain a concise statement of the interest of the protestant in the proceeding. Additionally, one copy of the protest shall be furnished to the applicant at the address listed above.

All communications concerning this proceeding should be identified by the docket number and must be submitted to the Docket Clerk, DOT Central Docket Management Facility, Room PI-401, Washington, D.C. 20590-0001. Communications received within 45 Start Printed Page 71353days of the date of this notice will be considered by the FRA before final action is taken. Comments received after that date will be considered as far as practicable. All written communications concerning these proceedings are available for examination during regular business hours (9 a.m.-5 p.m.) at DOT Central Docket Management Facility, Room PI-401 (Plaza Level), 400 Seventh Street, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20590-0001. All documents in the public docket are also available for inspection and copying on the internet at the docket facility's Web site at

http://dms.dot.gov.

FRA expects to be able to determine these matters without an oral hearing. However, if a specific request for an oral hearing is accompanied by a showing that the party is unable to adequately present his or her position by written statements, an application may be set for public hearing.

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Issued in Washington, D.C. on November 27, 2000.

Grady C. Cothen, Jr.,

Deputy Associate Administrator for Safety Standards and Program Development.

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[FR Doc. 00-30529 Filed 11-29-00; 8:45 am]

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