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-2008-0010
Applicant: Northwestern Pacific Railroad Company, Mr. John H. Williams, President, 385 Sherman Avenue, Suite 1, Palo Alto, California 94306-1840.
The Northwestern Pacific Railroad Company (NWP) seeks informal reconsideration of FRA's decision for denial of the proposed discontinuance and removal of the interlocking signal systems on three drawbridges that are located between a point near Lombard, California, at Milepost (MP) 63.4 and a point near Petaluma, California, at MP 38.5 on the NWP's Russian River Division at the following three locations: Brazos Drawbridge, MP 64.7; Black Point Drawbridge, MP 28.7; and Haystack Landing Drawbridge, MP 37.2.
The reasons given for the reconsideration are: the addition of concurrence of the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit District (SMART), clarification that SMART does not have plans to operate passenger trains over either the Brazos Drawbridge or the Black Point Drawbridge, and the fact that SMART has plans to replace the Haystack Landing Bridge as part of the passenger rail project with a modern lift bridge with interlocking signal protection before any passenger trains operate over it.
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.
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.
All communications concerning this proceeding should be identified by Docket Number FRA-2008-0010 and may be submitted by one of the following methods:
- Web site: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments on the DOT electronic site;
- Fax: 202-493-2251;
- Mail: Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590; or
- Hand Delivery: Room W12-140 of the U.S. Department of Transportation West Building Ground Floor, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
Communications received within 45 days of the date of this notice will be considered by 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://www.regulations.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).Start Signature
Issued in Washington, DC, on November 3, 2008.
Grady C. Cothen, Jr.,
Deputy Associate Administrator for Safety Standards and Program Development.
[FR Doc. E8-26729 Filed 11-7-08; 8:45 am]
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