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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-2005-22133

Applicant: Saginaw Bay Southern Railway, Mr. Wilford G. Gamble, Vice President—Operations, 23 Newman Street, P.O. Box 232, East Tawas, Michigan 48730.

CSX Transportation, Incorporated, Mr. N. Michael Choat, Chief Engineer, Communications and Signal, 4901 Belfort Road, Suite 130, Jacksonville, Florida 32256.

The Saginaw Bay Southern Railway (SBS) and CSX Transportation, Incorporated (CSXT) jointly seek approval of the proposed discontinuance and removal of the traffic control system, on the single Start Printed Page 60600main track and sidings, between Saginaw Terminal, milepost CC 0.0, near Saginaw, Michigan and Mount Morris, Michigan, milepost CC 26.2, on the CSXT Chicago Division, Saginaw Subdivision. The proposal is that the uses of the existing signal system be waived upon startup by SBS. The signal aspects are to be covered and all power-operated switches disconnected and converted to hand operation; the wayside signals will be subsequently retired and removed as soon as possible after the acquisition by SBS. The proposed method of operation is by TrackAcess, Track Warrant Control, with a maximum authorized speed of 25 mph; all highway-rail grade crossing warning systems will be retained.

The reason given for the proposed changes is that the current traffic density and SBS operating method do not warrant retention of the signal system.

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 October 6, 2005.

Grady C. Cothen, Jr.,

Deputy Associate Administrator for Safety, Standards and Program Development.

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[FR Doc. 05-20835 Filed 10-17-05; 8:45 am]