|SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD DECISION DOCUMENT|
|TWENTY-FIVE YEARS OF RAIL BANKING: A REVIEW AND LOOK AHEAD|
|DECISION ANNOUNCED THAT A PUBLIC HEARING WILL BE HELD TO ALLOW INTERESTED PERSONS TO COMMENT ON ISSUES RELATED TO THE IMPACT, EFFECTIVENESS, AND FUTURE OF RAIL BANKING ON JULY 8, 2009.|
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40067 SERVICE DATE – JULY 2, 2009
SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD
STB Ex Parte No. 690
TWENTY-FIVE YEARS OF RAIL BANKING:
A REVIEW AND LOOK AHEAD
Decided: July 2, 2009
will hold a public hearing to allow interested persons to comment on issues
related to the impact, effectiveness, and future of rail banking under
Section 8(d) of the National Trails System Act, on Wednesday,
July 8, 2009, in the 1st floor hearing room at
the Board’s headquarters at 395 E Street, S.W.,
The Board announced the hearing by notice served on May 21, 2009, and established due dates for persons wishing to speak at the hearing to advise the Board of their intent to participate and request a time allotment. Based on those submissions, the Board is issuing this decision to set the schedule of speakers for the hearing.
The schedule of appearances and the time provided for each party appear in the Appendix to this decision. Written submissions by hearing participants, as well as other interested persons, were due by June 29, 2009. Because the Board will have read the written submissions in advance of the hearing, witnesses should not read their written submissions at the hearing, but instead should summarize their key points.
If a party wishes to enhance its presentation by using projector-adaptable visual displays and/or handouts, it may do so. Staff will be available to demonstrate the hearing room’s projection system on July 7, 2009, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Please call (202) 245-0245, to make arrangements.
Instructions for Attendance at Hearing
STB requests that all persons attending the hearing use the
Upon arrival, check in at the 1st floor security desk in the main lobby. Be prepared to produce valid photographic identification (driver’s license or local, state, or federal-government identification); sign-in at the security desk; receive a hearing room pass (to be displayed at all times); submit to an inspection of all briefcases, handbags, etc.; then pass through a metal detector. Upon entering the hearing room, witnesses should check in with the Board’s Acting Secretary. Persons choosing to exit the building during the course of the hearing must surrender their hearing room passes to security personnel and will be subject to the above security procedures if they choose to re-enter the building. Hearing room passes likewise will be collected from those exiting the hearing upon its conclusion.
Laptops and recorders may be used in the hearing room, but no provision will be made for connecting personal computers to the Internet. Cellular telephone use is not permitted in the hearing room; cell phones may be used quietly in the corridor surrounding the hearing room, or in the building’s main lobby.
The Board’s hearing room complies with the Americans With Disabilities Act, and persons needing such accommodations should call (202) 245-0245, by the close of business on July 7, 2009.
This action will not significantly affect either the quality of the human environment or the conservation of energy resources.
It is ordered:
1. Time for the hearing is allotted as reflected in the Appendix to this decision.
2. This decision is effective on the date of service.
By the Board, Anne K. Quinlan, Acting Secretary.
Anne K. Quinlan
SCHEDULE OF APPEARANCES
July 8, 2009
Party Time Allotted
Panel I: Trail User Interests
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy 15 minutes
Madison County Transit 10 minutes
Charles H. Montange
Panel II: Railroad Interests
Association of American Railroads 5 minutes
Edward R. Hamberger
CSX Transportation, Inc. 5 minutes
Peter J. Shudtz
CNJ Rail Corporation 5 minutes
Eric S. Strohmeyer
Panel III: Other Interested Parties
National Association of Reversionary Property Owners 20 minutes
Danaya C. Wright,