Pursuant to Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) part 235 and 49 U.S.C. 20502(a), the following railroad has 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: Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway, Mr. William G. Peterson, Director Signal Engineering, 4515 Kansas Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas 66106.
Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway (BNSF) seeks approval of the proposed modification of the traffic control system on the single main track at South Joe, Texas, milepost 633.11, Texas Division, Madill Subdivision, consisting of the replacement of the power-operated switch with an electrically locked hand-operated switch, and removal of all associated controlled signals.
The reason given for the proposed changes is that the switch is at one end of what was a 4,500 foot connecting track between the Union Pacific Railroad (UP) and the BNSF. A derailment destroyed the UP switch, after which UP straight-railed their track, leaving approximately 2,200 feet of the BNSF connection. BNSF is using the track for storage and the control point is no longer needed.
Any interested party desiring to protest the granting of an application shall set forth specifically the grounds upon which the protest is made, and include 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. Start Printed Page 24790
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 PL-401 (Plaza Level), 400 7th Street, SW., Washington, 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 the above facility. 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.Start Signature
Issued in Washington, DC on April 28, 2003.
Grady C. Cothen, Jr.,
Deputy Associate Administrator for Safety Standards and Program Development.
[FR Doc. 03-11449 Filed 5-7-03; 8:45 am]
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