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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 Number FRA-2001-9806


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

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

CSX Transportation, Incorporated (CSX) and Norfolk Southern Corporation (NS) jointly seek approval of the proposed discontinuance of the automatic block signal system rules on the CSX single main track between milepost BJ152.3 and milepost BJ155.6 on the Great Lakes Division, CL&W Subdivision near Elyria, Ohio, where the CSX single main track crosses at grade the double main track of the NS's Chicago Line. The proposed changes include conversion of the operative approach signals to inoperative type signals equipped with “APP Markers,” retention of the interlocking at the rail crossing at grade and reduction of the maximum authorized timetable speed from 25 mph to 20 mph.

The reason given for the proposed changes is that present day operation does not warrant retention of the signal system as only one train a day operates between Lester and Lorain.

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 party 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, Start Printed Page 39390Washington, DC 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, SW., Washington, DC 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, DC on July 25, 2001.

Grady C. Cothen, Jr.

Deputy Associate Administrator for Safety Standards and, Program Development.

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[FR Doc. 01-18929 Filed 7-27-01; 8:45 am]