New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) has filed a verified notice of exemption under 49 CFR pt. 1152 subpart F—Exempt Start Printed Page 13739Abandonments to abandon 6.86 miles of rail line located between milepost C113, station 995+66, at Industrial Drive in Littleton, N.H., and milepost C119.86, station 1359+77, a point 3.35 miles east of the Littleton/Bethlehem, N.H., town line (the Line).
The Line traverses U.S. Postal Service Zip Codes 03561 and 03574.
NHDOT has certified that: (1) No rail traffic has moved over the Line for at least two years; (2) there is no overhead traffic on this Line; (3) no formal complaint filed by a user of a rail service on the Line (or by a state or local government entity acting on behalf of such user) regarding cessation of service over the Line either is pending with the Surface Transportation Board (Board) or any U.S. District Court or has been decided in favor of a complainant within the two-year period; and (4) the requirements at 49 CFR 1105.12 (newspaper publication), 49 CFR 1152.50(d)(1) (notice to governmental agencies), and 49 CFR 1105.7 and 1105.8 (environment and historic report), have been met.
As a condition to this exemption, any employee adversely affected by the abandonment shall be protected under Oregon Short Line Railroad—Abandonment Portion Goshen Branch Between Firth & Ammon, in Bingham & Bonneville Counties, Idaho, 360 I.C.C. 91 (1979). To address whether this condition adequately protects affected employees, a petition for partial revocation under 49 U.S.C. 10502(d) must be filed.
Provided no formal expression of intent to file an offer of financial assistance (OFA) 
has been received, this exemption will be effective on May 5, 2019, unless stayed pending reconsideration. Petitions to stay that do not involve environmental issues,
formal expressions of intent to file an OFA under 49 CFR 1152.27(c)(2),
and interim trail use/rail banking requests under 49 CFR 1152.29 must be filed by April 15, 2019. Petitions to reopen or requests for public use conditions under 49 CFR 1152.28 must be filed by April 25, 2019, with the Surface Transportation Board, 395 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20423-0001.
A copy of any petition filed with the Board should be sent to NHDOT's representatives: Allison B. Greenstein, Assistant Attorney General, Transportation & Construction Bureau, 33 Capitol Street, Concord, NH 03301-6397; and Jack E. Dodd, Rail Business Consultant, 73 Bishop Street, Saint Albans, VT 05478.
If the verified notice contains false or misleading information, the exemption is void ab initio.
NHDOT has filed a combined environmental and historic report that addresses the potential effects of the abandonment on the environment and historic resources. OEA will issue an environmental assessment (EA) by April 12, 2019. The EA will be available to interested persons on the Board's website, by writing to OEA, or by calling OEA at (202) 245-0305. Assistance for the hearing impaired is available through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Comments on environmental and historic preservation matters must be filed within 15 days after the EA becomes available to the public.
Environmental, historic preservation, public use, or trail use/rail banking conditions will be imposed, where appropriate, in a subsequent decision.
Pursuant to the provisions of 49 CFR 1152.29(e)(2), NHDOT shall file a notice of consummation with the Board to signify that it has exercised the authority granted and fully abandoned the Line. If consummation has not been effected by NHDOT's filing of a notice of consummation by April 5, 2020, and there are no legal or regulatory barriers to consummation, the authority to abandon will automatically expire.
Board decisions and notices are available at www.stb.gov.
Decided: April 2, 2019.
By the Board, Allison C. Davis, Acting Director, Office of Proceedings.
[FR Doc. 2019-06748 Filed 4-4-19; 8:45 am]
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