Shannon Transport, Inc. (STI), has filed a notice of exemption under 49 CFR Part 1152 Subpart F—Exempt Abandonments and Discontinuances of Service to abandon, and Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad, Inc. (BPRR), has filed a notice of exemption under the same Subpart to discontinue service and operating rights over, approximately 12.5 miles of rail line, extending between milepost 6.0 and milepost 4.0 in or near Lawsonham, and the connecting line between milepost 0.0 near Lawsonham and milepost 10.5 near Sligo, in Clarion County, PA. The line traverses United States Postal Service Zip Codes 16248 and 16255.
STI and BPRR have certified that: (1) No local traffic has moved over the line for at least 2 years; (2) there is no overhead traffic on the line to be rerouted; (3) no formal complaint filed by a user of rail service on the line (or by a state or local government entity acting on behalf of such user) regarding cessation of service over the line either is pending with the Surface Transportation Board or with any U.S. District Court or has been decided in favor of complainant within the 2-year period; and (4) the requirements at 49 CFR 1105.7 (environmental reports), 49 CFR 1105.8 (historic reports), 49 CFR 1105.11 (transmittal letter), 49 CFR 1105.12 (newspaper publication), and 49 CFR 1152.50(d)(1) (notice to governmental agencies) have been met.
Where, as here, STI is abandoning all of the rail lines it owns, the Board does not normally impose labor protection under 49 U.S.C. 10502(g), unless the evidence indicates the existence of: (1) A corporate affiliate that will continue substantially similar rail operations; or (2) a corporate parent that will realize substantial financial benefits over and above relief from the burden of deficit operations by its subsidiary railroad. See Wellsville, Addison & Galeton R. Corp.—Abandonment, 354 I.C.C. 744 (1978); and Northampton and Bath R. Co.—Abandonment, 354 I.C.C. 784 (1978). Because STI does not appear to have a corporate affiliate or parent that will continue similar operations or that could benefit from the proposed abandonment, employee protection conditions will not be imposed.
As a condition to BPRR's discontinuance exemption, any employee adversely affected by the discontinuance shall be protected under Oregon Short Line R. Co.—Abandonment—Goshen, 360 I.C.C. 91 (1979). To address whether this condition adequately protects affected employees, a petition for partial revocation under 49 U.S.C. 10502(d) must be filed.
Provided no formal expression of intent to file an offer of financial assistance (OFA) has been received, these exemptions will be effective on July 28, 2007, unless stayed pending reconsideration. Petitions to stay that do not involve environmental issues, formal expressions of intent to file an OFA under 49 CFR 1152.27(c)(2), and trail use/rail banking requests under 49 CFR 1152.29 must be filed by July 9, 2007. Petitions to reopen or requests for public use conditions under 49 CFR 1152.28 must be filed by July 18, 2007, with: Surface Transportation Board, 395 E Street, SW., Washington, DC 20423-0001.
A copy of any petition filed with the Board should be sent to STI's and BPRR's representative: Eric M. Hocky, Esquire, Gollatz, Griffin & Ewing, P.C., Four Penn Center, Suite 200, 1600 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19103.
If the verified notice contains false or misleading information, the exemption is void ab initio.
STI and BPRR, along with Pittsburg & Shawmut, have filed a joint combined environmental and historic report, which addresses the effects, if any, of the abandonment and discontinuance on the environment and historic resources for this line and the line addressed in Pittsburg & Shawmut Railroad, LLC—Abandonment Exemption—in Clarion and Jefferson Counties, PA, STB Docket No. AB-976 (Sub-No. 2X), et al. Additionally, STI has filed a supplemental environmental and historic report, which specifically addresses the effects, if any, of the abandonment on this line. SEA will issue an environmental assessment (EA) by July 3, 2007. Interested persons may obtain a copy of the EA by writing to SEA (Room 1100, Surface Transportation Board, Washington, DC 20423-0001) or by calling SEA, at (202) 245-0305. [Assistance for the hearing impaired is available through the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339.] Comments on environmental and historic preservation matters must be filed within 15 days after the EA becomes available to the public.
Environmental, historic preservation, public use, or trail use/rail banking conditions will be imposed, where appropriate, in a subsequent decision.
Pursuant to the provisions of 49 CFR 1152.29(e)(2), STI shall file a notice of consummation with the Board to signify that it has exercised the authority granted and fully abandoned the line. If Start Printed Page 35547consummation has not been effected by STI's filing of a notice of consummation by June 28, 2008, and there are no legal or regulatory barriers to consummation, the authority to abandon will automatically expire.
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Decided: June 18, 2007.
By the Board, David M. Konschnik, Director, Office of Proceedings.
Vernon A. Williams,
1. For administrative purposes, the discontinuance exemption sought in STB Docket No. AB-369 (Sub-No. 6X) is being divided to correspond to the two abandonment exemptions sought here and in STB Docket No. AB-976 (Sub-No. 2X).Back to Citation
2. Both notices were initially filed on May 29, 2007. At the Board's request, both notices were supplemented by the applicants on June 8, 2007, with letters providing certain required certifications. Because the notices were not complete until the June 8 filings, that date will be considered the actual filing date for both notices and the basis for all due dates.Back to Citation
3. In its notice of exemption filed in STB Docket No. AB-369 (Sub-No. 6X), BPRR seeks discontinuance over 48.45 miles of rail line, encompassing the 12.5 miles of rail line at issue here and the remaining 35.95 miles of rail line corresponding to the notice of exemption filed by Pittsburg & Shawmut Railroad, LLC (Pittsburg & Shawmut), in Pittsburg & Shawmut Railroad, LLC—Abandonment Exemption—in Clarion and Jefferson Counties, PA, STB Docket No. AB-976 (Sub-No. 2X), et al.Back to Citation
4. The Board will grant a stay if an informed decision on environmental issues (whether raised by a party or by the Board's Section of Environmental Analysis (SEA) in its independent investigation) cannot be made before the exemption's effective date. See Exemption of Out-of-Service Rail Lines, 5 I.C.C.2d 377 (1989). Any request for a stay should be filed as soon as possible so that the Board may take appropriate action before the exemption's effective date.Back to Citation
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