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Maine Northern Railway Company-Trackage Rights Exemption-Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway, Ltd.

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Pursuant to a written trackage rights agreement, Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway, Ltd. (MMA) has agreed to grant overhead trackage rights to the Maine Northern Railway Company (MNRC) between Millinocket, Me. (at or about milepost 109 on MMA's Millinocket Subdivision) and Brownville Junction, Me. (at or about milepost 104.84 on the Mattawamkeag Subdivision of the Eastern Maine Railway (EMR)), including MMA's Brownville Junction Yard.

This trackage rights transaction stems from MMA's attempt to abandon a connecting line in Northern Maine. The Board granted an application to abandon that line, which is approximately 233 miles long, in a decision served in December 2010.[1] The 233 miles of line was then acquired by the State of Maine, by and through its Department of Transportation (State), in January 2011. The State has chosen a new operator for the 233-mile line, MNRC, and, as part of the State's agreement to acquire the line, MMA has agreed to grant these trackage rights so that MNRC can access directly EMR to the south once MNRC begins to operate the line. MNRC plans to file a modified certificate under 49 CFR 1150.22 for Board authority to operate the 233-mile line.[2]

The transaction is expected to be consummated on or after June 19, 2011 (30 days after the exemption was filed), unless otherwise ordered by the Board.

As a condition to this exemption, any employees affected by the trackage rights will be protected by the conditions imposed in Norfolk and Western Railway—Trackage Rights—Burlington Northern, Inc., 354 I.C.C. 605 (1978), as modified in Mendocino Coast Railway—Lease & Operate—California Western Railroad, 360 I.C.C. 653 (1980).

This notice is filed under 49 CFR 1180.2(d)(7). If the notice 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 effectiveness of the exemption. Stay petitions must be filed by June 13, 2011 (at least 7 days before the exemption becomes effective), unless otherwise ordered by the Board.

An original and 10 copies of all pleadings, referring to Docket No. FD 35519, 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 Karyn A. Booth, Thompson Hine LLP, Suite 800, 1920 N Street., NW., Washington, DC 20036.

Board decisions and notices are available on our Web site at

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Decided: May 31, 2011.

By the Board, Rachel D. Campbell, Director, Office of Proceedings.

Jeffrey Herzig,

Clearance Clerk.

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1.  See Montreal, Me. & Atl. Ry.—Discontinuance of Service and Aban.—in Aroostook and Penobscot Cntys, Me., AB 1043 (Sub-No. 1) (STB served Dec. 27, 2010).

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2.  The transaction in Docket No. FD 35519 is related to the following concurrently filed pleadings. In Docket No. FD 35518, Maine Northern Railway Company—Trackage Rights Exemption—Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway, Ltd., MNRC has filed a notice of exemption for overhead trackage rights over an MMA line to the north to access Canadian National Railway, to which MMA also has agreed as part of the State's acquisition of the 233-mile line. In Docket No. FD 35520, The New Brunswick Railway Company—Continuance in Control Exemption—Maine Northern Railway Company, The New Brunswick Railway Company (NBRC), the parent company of both EMR and MNRC, has filed a petition for exemption to continue in control of EMR and MNRC once MNRC becomes a Class III carrier upon filing the modified certificate. MNRC and NBRC have asked that the Board make all these exemptions effective on June 15, 2011. The Board will address their request in its decision in Docket No. FD 35520.

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[FR Doc. 2011-13886 Filed 6-2-11; 8:45 am]