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Date: Wed, 10 Feb 1999 10:08:03 -0500 (EST)
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Subject: Lake Superior &amp; Ishpeming Railroad Company--Abandonment
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[Federal Register: February 10, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 27)]
[Notices]               
[Page 6738-6739]
>From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
[DOCID:fr10fe99-149]

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Surface Transportation Board
[STB Docket No. AB-68 (Sub-No. 3X)]

 
Lake Superior &amp; Ishpeming Railroad Company--Abandonment 
Exemption-- in Marquette County, MI

    On January 21, 1999, Lake Superior &amp; Ishpeming Railroad Company 
(LS&amp;I) filed with the Surface Transportation Board (Board) a petition 
under 49 U.S.C. 10502 for exemption from the provisions of 49 U.S.C. 
10903 to abandon a 3.54-mile line of railroad located wholly within the 
city and county of Marquette, MI, extending from milepost 50.23, near 
the Highway 41/Hampton Street intersection, to milepost 53.77, near the 
Hawley Street crossing. The line traverses United States Postal Service 
Zip Code 49855 and includes no stations.
    The line does not contain federally granted rights-of-way. Any 
documentation in the railroad's possession will be made available 
promptly to those requesting it. The interest of railroad employees 
will be protected by the conditions set forth in Oregon Short Line R. 
Co. Abandonment--Goshen, 360 I.C.C. 91 (1979).
    By issuance of this notice, the Board is instituting an exemption 
proceeding pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 10502(b). A final decision will be 
issued by May 11, 1999.
    Any offer of financial assistance (OFA) under 49 CFR 1152.27(b)(2) 
will be due no later than 10 days after service of a decision granting 
the petition for exemption. Each OFA must be accompanied by a $1,000 
filing fee. See 49 CFR 1002.2(f)(25).
    All interested persons should be aware that, following abandonment 
of rail service and salvage of the line, the line may be suitable for 
other public use, including interim trail use. Any request for a public 
use condition under 49 CFR 1152.28 or for trail use/rail banking under 
49 CFR 1152.29 will be due no later than March 2, 1999. Each trail use 
request must be accompanied by a $150 filing fee. See 49 CFR 
1002.2(f)(27).
    All filings in response to this notice must refer to STB Docket No. 
AB-68 (Sub-No. 3X) and must be sent to: (1) Surface Transportation 
Board, Office of the Secretary, Case Control Unit, 1925 K Street, N.W., 
Washington, DC 20423-0001, and (2) Phillip B. Maxwell, Hackett &amp; 
Maxwell, P.C., 888 W. Big Beaver, Suite 1470, Troy, MI 48084. Replies 
to the LS&amp;I petition are due on or before March 2, 1999.
    Persons seeking further information concerning abandonment 
procedures may contact the Board's Office of Public Services at (202) 
565-1592 or refer to the full abandonment or discontinuance regulations 
at 49 CFR part 1152. Questions concerning environmental issues may be 
directed to the Board's Section of Environmental Analysis (SEA) at 
(202) 565-1545. [TDD for the hearing impaired is available at (202) 
565-1695.]

[[Page 6739]]

    An environmental assessment (EA) (or environmental impact statement 
(EIS), if necessary) prepared by SEA will be served upon all parties of 
record and upon any agencies or other persons who commented during its 
preparation. Other interested persons may contact SEA to obtain a copy 
of the EA (or EIS). EAs in these abandonment proceedings normally will 
be made available within 60 days of the filing of the petition. The 
deadline for submission of comments on the EA will generally be within 
30 days of its service.
    Board decisions and notices are available on our website at 
``WWW.STB.DOT.GOV.''

    Decided: February 4, 1999.

    By the Board, David M. Konschnik, Director, Office of 
Proceedings.
Vernon A. Williams,
Secretary.
[FR Doc. 99-3208 Filed 2-9-99; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4915-00-P




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