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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-2000-8174

Applicants: Conrail, Mr. R.E. Inman, Assistant Chief Engineer—C. & S., 1000 Howard Boulevard, Room 470, Mount Laurel, New Jersey 08054-2355.

Norfolk Southern Corporation, Mr. E. L. Sweeney, Chief Engineer C&S Engineering 99 Spring Street, S.W., Atlanta, Georgia 30303.

Conrail and Norfolk Southern Corporation (NS), jointly seek approval of the proposed discontinuance and removal of signals X14 and X15 from Conrail's Junction Yard Secondary Track, removal of the mechanical gates with attached stop signs and circuit controllers from NS's Salt Industrial Track, and the installation of stop signs at all four quadrants of the rail crossing at grade, at milepost 1.5, in Detroit, Michigan.

The reason given for the proposed changes is that both Conrail and NS maximum authorized timetable speeds Start Printed Page 71351are under 20 mph and the operating signals are not needed.

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. 00-30538 Filed 11-29-00; 8:45 am]