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St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad Company-Lease and Operation Exemption-Rail Lines of Fraser N.H. LLC

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Surface Transportation Board, DOT.


Notice of exemption.


The Board grants an exemption under 49 U.S.C. 10502, from the prior approval requirements of 49 U.S.C. 11323-25, for St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad Company, a Class III rail carrier, to lease and operate over lines of Fraser N.H. LLC (Fraser), a Class III rail carrier, consisting of: (1) 5.5 miles of rail line between milepost 154.6 at Berlin, NH, and milepost 149.1 at Gorham, NH; and (2) 0.5 miles of rail line in the vicinity of Berlin, a total distance of 6.0 miles in Coos County, NH.


This exemption will be effective September 5, 2002. Petitions to reopen must be filed by September 25, 2002.


Send an original and 10 copies of pleadings referring to STB Finance Docket No. 34239 to: Surface Transportation Board, 1925 K Street, NW., Washington, DC 20423-0001. In addition, send one copy of pleadings to petitioner's representative: Kevin M. Sheys, Kirkpatrick & Lockhart LLP, 1800 Massachusetts Ave., NW., Suite 200, Washington, DC 20036.

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Beryl Gordon, (202) 565-1600. [TDD for the hearing impaired: 1-800-877-8339.]

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Additional information is contained in the Board's decision. To purchase a copy of the full decision, write to, call, or pick up in person from: Dá 2 Dá Legal Copy Service, Room 405, 1925 K Street, NW., Washington, DC 20006. Telephone: (202) 293-7776. [Assistance for the hearing impaired is available through the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339.]

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Decided: August 28, 2002.

By the Board, Chairman Morgan and Vice Chairman Burkes.

Vernon A. Williams,


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[FR Doc. 02-22543 Filed 9-04-02; 8:45 am]