Pursuant to Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) part 235 and 49 U.S.C. 20502(a), the following railroads have 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.
Applicants: Union Pacific Railroad Company, Mr. W.E. Wimmer, Vice President—Engineering, 1400 Douglas Street, Mail Stop 0910, Omaha, Nebraska 68179.
BNSF Railway Company, Mr. Ralph E. Young, Director Signal Engineering, 4515 Kansas Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas 66106-1199.
The Union Pacific Railroad Company (UP) and the BNSF Railway Company, jointly seek approval of the proposed modification of the traffic control system on the two main tracks, between milepost 232 and milepost 235 on the UP's Houston West Belt Subdivision, near Houston, Texas. The proposed changes consist of the removal of four control points, conversion of the remaining industry lead switches to hand operation with leaving signals, and removal of several intermediate signals.
The reason given for the proposed changes is that the removal of unnecessary switches and signals will allow more trains to move through the corridor efficiently without undue delay, while maintaining safety.
Any interested party desiring to protest the granting of an application shall set forth specifically the grounds upon which the protest is made, and contain 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 http://dms.dot.gov.
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 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 June 19, 2006.
Grady C. Cothen, Jr.
Deputy Associate Administrator for Safety Standards and Program Development.
[FR Doc. E6-9969 Filed 6-22-06; 8:45 am]
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