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Union Pacific Railroad Company-Temporary Trackage Rights Exemption-BNSF Railway Company

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Surface Transportation Board, DOT.


Partial Revocation of Exemption.


Under 49 U.S.C. 10502, the Board revokes the class exemption as it pertains to the trackage rights described in Docket No. FD 34554 (Sub-No. 14) [1] to permit the trackage rights to expire on or about December 18, 2011, in accordance with the agreement of the parties,[2] subject to the employee protective conditions set forth in Oregon Short Line Railroad—Abandonment Portion Goshen Branch Between Firth and Ammon, in Bingham and Bonneville Counties, Idaho, 360 I.C.C. 91 (1979).


This decision is effective on May 15, 2011. Petitions to stay must be filed by April 25, 2011. Petitions for reconsideration must be filed by May 5, 2011.


Send an original and 10 copies of all pleadings, referring to Docket No. FD 34554 (Sub-No. 15) to: Surface Transportation Board, 395 E Street, SW., Washington, DC 20423-0001. In addition, a copy of each pleading must be served on UP's representative: Elisa B. Davies, General Attorney, Union Pacific Railroad Company, 1400 Douglas Street, Mail Stop 1580, Omaha, NE 68179.

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Julia Farr, (202) 245-0359. [Assistance for the hearing impaired is available through the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339.]

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Decided: April 7, 2011.

By the Board, Chairman Elliott and Commissioner Mulvey.

Jeffrey Herzig,

Clearance Clerk.

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1.  In that docket, on January 27, 2011, Union Pacific Railroad Company (UP) filed a verified notice of exemption under the Board's class exemption procedures at 49 CFR 1180.2(d)(7). The notice covered the agreement by BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) to extend to December 18, 2011, the expiration date of the local trackage rights granted to UP over BNSF's line of railroad extending from BNSF milepost 579.3 near Mill Creek, Okla., to BNSF milepost 631.1 near Joe Junction, Tex., a distance of approximately 52 miles. UP submits that while the trackage rights are only temporary rights, because they are “local” rather than “overhead” rights, they do not qualify for the Board's class exemption for temporary trackage rights under 49 CFR 1180.2(d)(8). See Union Pac. R.R.-Temporary Trackage Rights Exemption-BNSF Ry., FD 34554 (Sub-No. 14) (STB served February 11, 2011).

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2.  The trackage rights were originally granted in Union Pacific Railroad—Temporary Trackage Rights Exemption—The Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway, FD 34554 (STB served Oct. 7, 2004). Subsequently, the parties filed several notices of exemption based on their agreements to extend expiration dates of the same trackage rights. See FD 34554 (Sub-No. 2) (STB served February 11, 2005); FD 34554 (Sub-No. 4) (STB served March 3, 2006); FD 34554 (Sub-No. 6) (STB served January 12, 2007); FD 34554 (Sub-No. 8) (STB served January 4, 2008); FD 34554 (Sub-No. 10) (STB served January 8, 2009); and FD 34554 (Sub-No. 12) (STB served December 31, 2009). Because the original and subsequent trackage rights notices were filed under the class exemption at 49 CFR 1180.2(d)(7), under which trackage rights normally remain effective indefinitely, in each instance the Board granted partial revocation of the class exemption to permit the authorized trackage rights to expire. See FD 34554 (Sub-No. 1) (STB served November 24, 2004); FD 34554 (Sub-No. 3) (STB served March 25, 2005); FD 34554 (Sub-No. 5) (STB served March 23, 2006); FD 34554 (Sub-No. 7) (STB served March 13, 2007); FD 34554 (Sub-No. 9) (STB served March 20, 2008); FD 34554 (Sub-No. 11) (STB served March 11, 2009); and FD 34554 (Sub-No. 13) (STB served March 15, 2010). At the time of the extension authorized in Docket No. FD 34554 (Sub-No. 12), the parties anticipated that the authority to allow the rights to expire would be exercised by December 18, 2010. However, the parties filed on January 27, 2011, in Docket No. FD 34554 (Sub-No. 14) their most recent notice of exemption so that the trackage rights could be extended to December 18, 2011, and in Docket No. FD 34554 (Sub-No. 15) their latest petition to partially revoke the class exemption to permit expiration, which we are addressing here.

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[FR Doc. 2011-9057 Filed 4-14-11; 8:45 am]