SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD DECISION DOCUMENT
    Decision Information

Docket Number:  
AB_6_479_X

Case Title:  
BNSF RAILWAY COMPANY--ABANDONMENT EXEMPTION--IN PAGE AND FREMONT COUNTIES, IOWA

Decision Type:  
Decision

Deciding Body:  
Director Of Proceedings

    Decision Summary

Decision Notes:  
PROVIDED NOTICE THAT BNSF RAILWAY COMPANY FILED A PETITION FOR EXEMPTION TO ABANDON A 5.95-MILE RAIL LINE IN PAGE AND FREMONT COUNTIES, IOWA.

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Draft Notice of Petition to Abandon

42234 SERVICE DATE –MARCH 12, 2012

DO

FR-4915-01-P

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Surface Transportation Board

[Docket No. AB 6 (Sub-No. 479X)]

BNSF Railway Company—Abandonment Exemption—in Page and Fremont Counties, Iowa

On February 21, 2012, BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) 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 5.95-mile rail line between milepost 20.05 in Shenandoah and milepost 26.0 in Farragut, in Page and Fremont Counties, Iowa.[1] The line traverses United States Postal Service Zip Codes 51601, 51602, 51603, and 51639, and includes the station of Farragut.

According to BNSF, the line does not contain federally granted rights-of-way. Any documentation in BNSF’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 Railroad—Abandonment Portion Goshen Branch Between Firth & Ammon, In Bingham & Bonneville Counties, Idaho, 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 June 8, 2012.

Any offer of financial assistance (OFA) under 49 C.F.R. 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 $1,500 filing fee. See 49 C.F.R. 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 C.F.R. 1152.28 or for trail use/rail banking under 49 C.F.R. 1152.29 will be due no later than April 2, 2012. Each trail use request must be accompanied by a $250 filing fee. See 49 C.F.R.  1002.2(f)(27).

All filings in response to this notice must refer to Docket No. AB 6 (Sub‑No. 479X) and must be sent to: (1) Surface Transportation Board, 395 E Street, S.W., Washington, DC 20423-0001; and (2) Karl Morell, Suite 225, 655 15th Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20005. Replies to the petition are due on or before April 2, 2012.

Persons seeking further information concerning abandonment procedures may contact the Board’s Office of Public Assistance, Governmental Affairs and Compliance at (202) 245-0238 or refer to the full abandonment or discontinuance regulations at 49 C.F.R. pt. 1152. Questions concerning environmental issues may be directed to the

Board’s Office of Environmental Analysis (OEA) at (202) 245-0305. [Assistance for the hearing impaired is available through the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at

1-800-877-8339.]

An environmental assessment (EA) (or environmental impact statement (EIS), if necessary) prepared by OEA will be served upon all parties of record and upon any agencies or other persons who commented during its presentation. Other interested persons may contact OEA 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 generally will be within 30 days of its service.

Board decisions and notices are available on our website at “WWW.STB.DOT.GOV.”

Decided: March 6, 2012.

By the Board, Rachel D. Campbell, Director, Office of Proceedings.



[1] BNSF states that there is one customer on the line, Green Plains Shenandoah LLC (GPS). After abandonment, BNSF intends to convert a portion of the line between mileposts 20.05 and 21.90 to industry track and sell the track to GPS to stage trains.