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Union Pacific Railroad Company-Temporary Trackage Rights Exemption-Illinois Central Railroad Company

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Illinois Central Railroad Company (CN) has agreed to grant temporary overhead trackage rights to Union Pacific Railroad Company (UP) extending from CN's connection with UP at IC Junction (near Isles) to CN's connection with Illinois and Midland Railroad Company at Avenue Tower (milepost 191.9), a total distance of approximately 4.6 miles in Springfield, IL.[1]

The transaction is scheduled to be consummated on June 19, 2008.[2] The temporary trackage rights will expire on or about June 25, 2008. The purpose of the temporary trackage rights is to facilitate the performance of maintenance work on UP lines.

As a condition to this exemption, any employee affected by the acquisition of the temporary trackage rights will be Start Printed Page 31917protected by the conditions imposed in Norfolk and Western Ry. Co.—Trackage Rights—BN, 354 I.C.C. 605 (1978), as modified in Mendocino Coast Ry., Inc.—Lease and Operate, 360 I.C.C. 653 (1980), and any employee affected by the discontinuance of those trackage rights will be protected by the conditions set out in Oregon Short Line R. Co.—Abandonment—Goshen, 360 I.C.C. 91 (1979).

This notice is filed under 49 CFR 1180.2(d)(8). If it contains false or misleading information, the exemption is void ab initio. Petitions to revoke the exemption under 49 U.S.C. 10502(d) may be filed at any time. The filing of a petition to revoke will not automatically stay the transaction. Any stay petition must be filed on or before June 11, 2008 (at least 7 days before the exemption becomes effective).

Pursuant to the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2008, Public Law No. 110-161, § 193, 121 Stat. 1844 (2007), nothing in this decision authorizes the following activities at any solid waste rail transfer facility: Collecting, storing, or transferring solid waste outside of its original shipping container; or separating or processing solid waste (including baling, crushing, compacting, and shredding). The term “solid waste” is defined in section 1004 of the Solid Waste Disposal Act, 42 U.S.C. 6903.

An original and 10 copies of all pleadings, referring to STB Finance Docket No. 35145, must be filed with the Surface Transportation Board, 395 E Street, SW., Washington, DC 20423-0001. In addition, a copy of each pleading must be served on Gabriel S. Meyer, Union Pacific Railroad Company, 1400 Douglas Street, STOP 1580, Omaha, NE 68179.

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Decided: May 28, 2008.

By the Board, David M. Konschnik, Director, Office of Proceedings.

Anne K. Quinlan,

Acting Secretary.

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1.  UP concurrently filed, in STB Finance Docket No. 35146, a Verified Notice of Exemption for temporary overhead trackage rights via Illinois and Midland Railroad Company (IMRR). Together, the temporary trackage rights via CN and IMRR will form a contiguous route which would allow UP traffic to detour around maintenance-of-way activities on UP's line in Springfield, IL.

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2.  The exemption is scheduled to become effective on June 18, 2008 (30 days after the exemption was filed).

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[FR Doc. E8-12425 Filed 6-3-08; 8:45 am]