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California High-Speed Rail Authority-Construction Exemption-in Fresno, Kings, Tulare, and Kern Counties, Cal

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Surface Transportation Board, DOT.


Notice of construction exemption.


The Board is granting an exemption under 49 U.S.C. 10502 from the prior approval requirements of 49 U.S.C. 10901 for the California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) to construct an approximately 114-mile high-speed passenger rail line between Fresno and Bakersfield, California (the Line). The Line would be the second section of the statewide California High-Speed Train System. This exemption is subject to environmental mitigation conditions and the condition that the Authority build the route designated as environmentally preferable.


The exemption will be effective on August 27, 2014; petitions to reopen must be filed by September 2, 2014.


An original and ten copies of all pleadings, referring to Docket No. FD 35724 (Sub-No. 1), must be filed with the Surface Transportation Board, 395 E Street SW., Washington, DC 20423-0001. In addition, one copy of each filing in this proceeding must be served on the Authority's representative: Linda J. Morgan, Nossaman LLP, 1666 K Street NW., Suite 500, Washington, DC 20006.

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Scott M. Zimmerman, (202) 245-0386. [Assistance for the hearing impaired is available through the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at: 1-800-877-8339].

Copies of written filings will be available for viewing and self-copying at the Board's Public Docket Room, Room 131, and will be posted to the Board's Web site.

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Additional information is contained in the Board's decision. Board decisions and notices are available on our Web site at WWW.STB.DOT.GOV.

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Decided: August 11, 2014.

By the Board, Chairman Elliott, Vice Chairman Miller, and Commissioner Begeman. Vice Chairman Miller concurred with a separate expression and Commissioner Begeman dissented with a separate expression.

Jeffrey Herzig,

Clearance Clerk.

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[FR Doc. 2014-19431 Filed 8-14-14; 8:45 am]