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RailAmerica, Inc., et al.-Control and Merger Exemption-A&R Line, Inc., and J.K. Line, Inc.

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Surface Transportation Board.


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 noncarrier RailAmerica, Inc., et al., to acquire control of A&R Line, Inc. (A&R Line), and J.K. Line, Inc. (J.K. Line), two wholly owned Class III railroad subsidiaries of Cargill, Incorporated, and to merge A&R Line and J.K. Line into the Toledo, Peoria & Western Railway Corporation, subject to the employee protective conditions described in Wisconsin Central Ltd.—Acquisition Exem.—Union Pac. RR, 2 S.T.B. 218 (1997).


This exemption will be effective on December 31, 2002. Petitions to stay must be filed by December 23, 2002. Petitions to reopen must be filed by December 27, 2002.


An original and 10 copies of all pleadings, referring to STB Finance Docket No. 34269, must be filed with the Surface Transportation Board, 1925 K Street, NW., Washington, DC 20423-0001. In addition, one copy of all pleadings must be served on petitioners' representative, Louis E. Gitomer, Esq., Ball Janik LLP, 1455 F Street, NW., Suite 225, Washington, DC 20005.

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Beryl Gordon, (202) 565-1600. [Assistance for the hearing impaired is available through the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339.]

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Additional information is contained in the Board's decision. Copies of the decision may be purchased from Dā 2 DāLegal Copy Service by calling (202) 293-7776 (assistance for the hearing impaired is available through FIRS at 1-800-877-8339) or by visiting Suite 405, 1925 K Street, NW., Washington, DC 20006.

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Decided: December 11, 2002.

By the Board, Chairman Nober, Vice Chairman Burkes, and Commissioner Morgan.

Vernon A. Williams,


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[FR Doc. 02-31683 Filed 12-16-02; 8:45 am]