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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.

Applicant: South Central Florida Express, Incorporated, Ms. Sally C. Conley, General Manager, 900 South W.C. Owen, Clewiston, Florida 33440.

The South Central Florida Express, Incorporated seeks approval of the proposed discontinuance of the Automatic Block Signal Rules which are currently in effect and supplement the Direct Traffic Control Rules between mileposts K39.28 and K40.95, near Port Mayaca, Florida. The proposed changes include conversion of the operative approach signals to inoperative type with “APP Markers”, and the speed between the home signals has been reduced to 20 mph.

The reason given for the proposed changes is that present day operation does not warrant retention of the signal system, and the Drawbridge remains up for water traffic.

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 Start Printed Page 15668interest 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, 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 (9:00 a.m.—5:00 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 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 March 22, 2002.

Grady C. Cothen, Jr.,

Deputy Associate Administrator for Safety Standards and Program Development.

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[FR Doc. 02-7822 Filed 4-1-02; 8:45 am]

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