|SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD DECISION DOCUMENT|
|WATCO COMPANIES, INC.-CONTINUANCE IN CONTROL EXEMPTION-ALABAMA WARRIOR RAILWAY, L.L.C.|
|Notice Of Exemption|
|Director Of Proceedings|
|PROVIDED NOTICE THAT WATCO COMPANIES, INC. FILED A NOTICE OF EXEMPTION TO CONTINUE IN CONTROL OF ALABAMA WARRIOR RAILWAY, L.L.C., UPON AWR'S BECOMING A CLASS III RAIL CARRIER.|
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|Full Text of Decision|
39572 SERVICE DATE – DECEMBER 12, 2008
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Surface Transportation Board
[STB Finance Docket No. 35204]
Watco Companies, Inc.—Continuance
in Control Exemption—
Watco Companies, Inc. (Watco), a noncarrier, has filed a verified notice of exemption to continue in control of Alabama Warrior Railway, L.L.C. (AWR), upon AWR’s becoming a Class III rail carrier.
This transaction is related
to a concurrently filed verified notice of exemption in STB Finance Docket No.
The parties intend to consummate the transaction on or shortly after December 26, 2008, the effective date of the exemption.
currently indirectly controls 19 Class III rail carriers:
Watco states that the purpose of the proposed transaction is to reduce overhead expenses, and coordinate billing, maintenance, mechanical and personnel policies and practices of its rail carrier subsidiaries, and thereby improve the overall efficiency of rail service provided by the railroads in its corporate family.
Watco represents that: (1) the rail lines to be operated by AWR do not connect with any other railroads in the Watco corporate family; (2) the transaction is not part of a series of anticipated transactions that would connect the rail lines with any other railroad in the Watco corporate family; and (3) the transaction does not involve a Class I rail carrier. Therefore, the transaction is exempt from the prior approval requirements of 49 U.S.C. 11323. See 49 CFR 1180.2(d)(2).
Under 49 U.S.C. 10502(g), the Board may not use its exemption authority to relieve a rail carrier of its statutory obligation to protect the interests of its employees. Section 11326(c), however, does not provide for labor protection for transactions under sections 11324 and 11325 that involve only Class III rail carriers. Accordingly, the Board may not impose labor protective conditions here, because all of the carriers involved are Class III carriers.
If the verified notice contains false or misleading information, the exemption is void ab initio. Petitions to revoke the exemption under 49 U.S.C. 10502(d) may be filed at any time. The filing of a petition to revoke will not automatically stay the effectiveness of the exemption. Stay petitions must be filed no later than December 19, 2008 (at least 7 days before the exemption becomes effective).
original and 10 copies of all pleadings, referring to STB Finance Docket No. 35204,
must be filed with the Surface Transportation Board, 395 E Street, S.W.,
Board decisions and notices are available on our website at “WWW.STB.DOT.GOV.”
Decided: December 5, 2008.
By the Board, David M. Konschnik, Director, Office of Proceedings.
Anne K. Quinlan
 Watco owns 100% of the issued and outstanding stock of AWR.