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Notice of Application for Approval of Discontinuance or Modification of a Railroad Signal System or Relief From the Requirements of Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations Part 236

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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.

Docket Number FRA-2005-20758

Applicants: Consolidated Rail Corporation, Mr. R. E. Inman, Assistant Chief Engineer—C& S/Maintenance, 1000 Howard Boulevard, Room 470, Mount Laurel, New Jersey 08054-2355.

Canadian National Railroad, Mr. David Ferryman, Chief Engineer-U.S. Region, 17641 South Ashland Avenue, Homewood, Illinois 60430-1345.

The Consolidated Rail Corporation (Conrail) and the Canadian National Railroad (CN), jointly seeks approval of the proposed modification of Schaefer Interlocking, milepost 3.08, near Dearborn, Michigan, where the single Start Printed Page 20203Conrail Junction Yard Secondary track, cross at grade, the two CN Schaefer Yard Tracks. The proposed changes consist of the conversion of Schaefer Interlocking from manual to automatic operation.

The reason given for the proposed change is that both Conrail and CN tracks are operated at slow speed, and the conversion of Schaefer Interlocking to a full automatic interlocking, would allow train crews to make moves without contacting the Schaefer Tower block operator, thus reducing radio 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 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.

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

FRA wishes to inform all potential commenters that anyone is able to search the electronic form of all comments received into any of our dockets by the name of the individual submitting the comment (or signing the comment, if submitted on behalf of an association, business, labor union, etc.). You may review DOT's complete Privacy Act Statement in the Federal Register published on April 11, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 70; Pages 19477-78) or you may visit

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 April 12, 2005.

Grady C. Cothen, Jr.,

Deputy Associate Administrator for Safety Standards and Program Development.

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[FR Doc. 05-7643 Filed 4-15-05; 8:45 am]