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[Federal Register: August 5, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 150)]
[Page 46263]
 From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]


Surface Transportation Board
[STB Docket No. AB-308 (Sub-No. 3X)]

Central Michigan Railway Company-Abandonment Exemption-in Saginaw
County, MI

     On July 16, 2003, Central Michigan Railway Company (CMR) 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
an approximately 1.77-mile line of railroad, extending from milepost
2.83 at the western end of CMR's railroad bridge over Interstate 75 to
milepost 4.60 in Saginaw County, MI.\1\ The line traverses United
States Postal Service Zip Code 48601.

     \1\ CMR indicates that the above-described mileposts are
sometimes referred to by their former designations as milepost 17.21
and milepost 15.46, totaling approximately 1.75-miles of rail line
and differing from the current designations by .02-mile. CMR points
out that this discrepancy is just a measurement error in the
milepost labeling, a fairly common occurrence in railroad milepost

     The line does not contain federally granted rights-of-way. Any
documentation in CMR'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 November 3, 2003.
     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 offer must be accompanied by a $1,100
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 August 25, 2003. Each trail
use request must be accompanied by a $150 filing fee. See 49 CFR
     All filings in response to this notice must refer to STB Docket No.
AB-308 (Sub-No. 3X) and must be sent to: (1) Surface Transportation
Board, 1925 K Street, NW., Washington, DC 20423-0001; and (2) William
A. Mullins, 915 15th Street, NW., Suite 1000, Washington, DC 20005-
2318. Replies to the CMR petition are due on or before August 25, 2003.
     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) 565-1539. [Assistance for the hearing impaired is available
through the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-
     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 Web site at <A 

     Decided: July 23, 2003.

     By the Board, David M. Konschnik, Director, Office of
Vernon A. Williams,
[FR Doc. 03-19333 Filed 8-4-03; 8:45 am]

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