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BNSF Railway Company-Acquisition and Operation Exemption-Union Pacific Railroad Company

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Surface Transportation Board, DoT.


Notice of Exemption.


Under 49 U.S.C. 10502, the Board is granting a petition for exemption from the prior approval requirements of 49 U.S.C. 11323, et seq., for BNSF Railway Company, a Class I carrier, to acquire and operate approximately 25 miles of rail line of Union Pacific Railroad Company (UP), a Class I carrier, extending from UP milepost 81.1 at Union, CO, to UP milepost 56.1 at Sterling, CO.


The exemption will be effective on July 13, 2006. Petitions to stay must be filed by June 23, 2006. Petitions to reopen must be filed by July 3, 2006.


An original and 10 copies of all pleadings referring to STB Finance Docket No. 34863 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 petitioner's representative: Sidney L. Strickland, Jr., 3050 K Street, NW., Suite 101, Washington, DC 20007.

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Decided: June 7, 2006.

By the Board, Chairman Buttrey and Vice Chairman Mulvey.

Vernon A. Williams,


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[FR Doc. E6-9203 Filed 6-12-06; 8:45 am]