Kansas & Oklahoma Railroad, Inc. (K&O), a noncarrier, has filed a verified notice of exemption under 49 CFR 1150.31 to acquire and operate approximately 678 miles of rail lines in the State of Kansas from the Central Kansas Railway, L.L.C. (CKR). K&O will also acquire, by assignment from CKR, the lease of approximately 225 miles of rail lines in the States of Kansas and Colorado that are owned by the Union Pacific Railroad Company (UP). In addition, K&O will acquire, by assignment from CKR, incidental trackage rights over seven segments of rail line in the State of Kansas owned by the UP and The Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway Company (BNSF).
K&O will acquire from CKR the following rail lines located in the State of Kansas:
(1) The Salina Subdivision rail line between milespost 20 + 492 feet, at Salina, and milepost 103.34, at Osborne;
(2) The Scott City Subdivision rail line between milepost 0.0, at Great Bend, and milepost 120 + 1338.7 feet, at Scott City;
(3) The Garden City Subdivision rail line between milepost 120 + 169 feet, at Scott City, and milespost 125 + 4687 feet, at Shallow Water;
(4) The Great Bend Subdivision and Garfield Industrial Spur rail lines between milepost 218.3288, east of Monroe Street at Hutchinson, and milepost 303.0, at Garfield;
(5) The Jetmore Subdivision rail line between milepost 0.0, at Larned, and milepost 46 + 2483.5 feet, at Jetmore;
(6) The Wichita Subdivision rail line (a) between milepost 0.0 and 3.5 at Wichita, and (b) between milepost 19.5, at Garden Plain, and milepost 79 + 3855 feet, at Pratt;
(7) The Englewood Subdivision rail line between milepost 46.0, east of Rago, and milepost 136, at Protection;
(8) The McPherson Subdivision rail line (a) between milepost 43.8, at McPherson, and milepost 58.0, west of Conway, and (b) between milepost 77.4, at Lyons, and milepost 98 + 1209.5 feet, at Ellinwood;
(9) The Geneseo Subdivision rail line between milepost 572.677, on the east leg of the wye and 1213 feet of the west leg of the wye, at Geneseo, and milepost 550.5, at ST Junction;
(10) The Hutchinson Subdivision rail line between milepost 538.0, at Yaggy, and milepost 484.0, at Wichita;
(11) The Hardtner Subdivision rail line between milepost 485.938, at Wichita, and milepost 514.25, at Conway Springs;
(12) The Stafford Subdivision rail line between milepost 559 + 955 feet, at Conway Springs, and milepost 583.3, near Belmont; and
(13) The H&S Subdivision rail line between milepost 31.1, at Kingman, and milepost 48.2, at Rago.
K&O will be assigned by CKR the following: (1) The CKR lease of the UP rail line between UP milepost 747.5, at Towner, CO, and UP milepost 523.02, at Geneseo, KS; and (2) the CKR lease of the rail freight easement over the UP rail Start Printed Page 31752line between milepost 312.65 and milepost 313.38, at Wichita, KS.
K&O will acquire, by assignment from CKR, incidental overhead trackage rights in the State of Kansas over:
(1) BNSF's Hutchinson Subdivision rail line between milepost 218.3 and milepost 213 + 4333 feet, at Hutchinson, including BNSF's Hutchinson “Way” Yard Track Nos. 144, 259, 304, 260, 261, 221, 174, 172, 171, 241, 220, 169, and 168;
(2) BNSF's rail line between milepost 56.6 and milepost 60.2, at Abilene;
(3) BNSF's rail line between milepost 184.3 and milepost 190.0, at Newton;
(4) UP's rail line between milepost 487.1, at Newton, and milepost 518, at McPherson, including the segment of track extending about 116 feet in a southerly direction from milepost 487.1, and including UP's Siding Track No. 6, at Hesston, and Siding Track No. 1, at Moundridge;
(5) UP's rail line between milepost 164.05, at Abilene, and milepost 184.56, at Salina;
(6) UP's rail line between milepost 246.46 and milepost 243.56, at Hutchinson; and
(7) UP's rail line between milepost 182.0 and milepost 187.2, at Salina.
Because the projected revenues of the rail lines to be operated will exceed $5 million, K&O certified to the Board, on April 2, 2001, that the required notice of its rail line acquisition was posted at the workplace of the employees on the affected lines on April 2, 2001. According to K&O's certification, it served a copy of the notice on the national office of the United Transportation Union, the only labor union with employees on the affected lines. See 49 CFR 1150.32(e). The transaction was scheduled to be consummated on or shortly after June 1, 2001.
The transaction is related to two concurrently filed verified notices on exemption: STB Finance Docket No. 34042, Watco Companies, Inc.—Continuance in Control Exemption—Kansas & Oklahoma Railroad, Inc., wherein Watco Companies, Inc. seeks to continue in control of K&O upon K&O's becoming a Class III rail carrier; and STB Finance Docket No. 34047, Kansas & Oklahoma Railroad, Inc.— Trackage Rights Exemption—Central Kansas Railway, L.L.C., wherein K&O seeks to acquire temporary overhead trackage rights over CKR's 16-mile rail line in the State of Kansas.
In the verified notice contains false or misleading information, the exemption is void ab initio. Petitions to reopen the proceeding to revoke the exemption under 49 U.S.C. 10502(d) may be filed at any time. The filing of a petition to revoke will not automatically stay the transaction.
An original and 10 copies of all pleadings, referring to STB Finance Docket No. 34030 must be filed with the Surface Transportation Board, Office of the Secretary, Case Control Unit, 1925 K Street, NW., Washington, DC 20423—0001. In addition, a copy of each pleading must be served on Karl Morell, Esq., Ball Janik LLP, 1455 F Street, NW., Suite 225, Washington, DC 20005.
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Decided: June 5, 2001.
By the Board, David M. Konschnik, Director, Office of Proceedings.
Vernon A. Williams,
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