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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-2000-8134

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 seeks approval of the proposed modification of the traffic control system, on the two main tracks, between CP 175, milepost QD-174.7 and CP 181, milepost QD-181.0, near Cleveland, Ohio, on the Chicago Line, Great Lakes Division, consisting of the discontinuance and removal of the traffic control system on the No. 2 Main Track between CP 175 and CP 181 and conversion of that section of trackage to an industrial track, governed by NORAC Rules 80 and 98. The proposed changes include the discontinuance and removal of absolute controlled signals 15E and 15W at CP 176; intermediate signals 1772E, 1772W, 1802E and 1802W between mileposts QD-174.7 and QD-181.0; and the two electric locks from the hand-operated switches near milepost QD-179.0.

The reason given for the proposed changes is to increase operating efficiency and eliminate facilities no longer needed in present day operation.

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 days 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

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. 00-30536 Filed 11-29-00; 8:45 am]