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[Federal Register: February 22, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 35)]
[Notices]
[Page 8760-8761]
 >From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access
[wais.access.gpo.gov]
[DOCID:fr22fe00-122]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Surface Transportation Board
[STB Docket No. AB-534 (Sub-No. 2X)]

Lake State Railway Company--Abandonment Exemption--in Alpena and
Presque Isle Counties, MI
On February 2, 2000, Lake State Railway Company (Lake State)
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: (1) a portion of its main line Huron Subdivision extending
from the U.S. Highway 23 crossing in Alpena (milepost 125.2)
northward
to the end of the main line just north of Metz, MI (milepost
151.25);
and (2) its entire Rogers City Branch, which extends northward from
Lake State's main line at Posen, MI (milepost 141.8), to Rogers
City,
MI, where it ends at RCB milepost 11.5, a total distance of 37.55
miles
in Alpena and Presque Isle Counties, MI. The line segments traverse
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U.S. Postal Zip Codes 49707, 49776, and 49779, and include the
stations
of Posen (milepost 140), Larocque (milepost 150), and Calcite
(milepost
10.9).
The line does not contain federally granted rights-of-way. Any
documentation in Lake State's possession will be made available
promptly to those requesting it.
The interest of railroad employees will be protected by 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 22, 2000.
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 the
filing
fee, which currently is set at $1,000. 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 13, 2000. Each trail
use
request must be accompanied by a $150 filing fee. See 49 CFR
1002.2(f)(25).
All filings in response to this notice must refer to STB Docket
No.
AB-534 (Sub-No. 2X) 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) Andrew B. Kolesar III, 1224
Seventeenth Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20036. Replies to the Lake
State petition are due on or before March 13, 2000.
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 1-800-
877-8339.]
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 14, 2000.
By the Board, David M. Konschnik, Director, Office of
Proceedings.
Vernon A. Williams,
Secretary.
[FR Doc. 00-3941 Filed 2-18-00; 8:45 am]
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