SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD DECISION DOCUMENT
    Decision Information

Docket Number:  
AB_303_41_X

Case Title:  
WISCONSIN CENTRAL LTD.--ABANDONMENT EXEMPTION--IN WINNEBAGO COUNTY, WIS.

Decision Type:  
Decision

Deciding Body:  
Director Of Proceedings

    Decision Summary

Decision Notes:  
PROVIDED NOTICE THAT WISCONSIN CENTRAL LTD. FILED A PETITION FOR EXEMPTION FROM THE PROVISIONS TO ABANDON APPROXIMATELY 0.23 MILES OF RAIL LINE, KNOWN AS THE GALLOWAY SPUR, EXTENDING FROM MILEPOST 206.27 AT HENRY STREET TO THE END OF THE LINE AT MILEPOST 206.50 NEAR SOUTH COMMERCIAL STREET IN NEENAH, WINNEBAGO COUNTY, WIS.

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    Full Text of Decision

Draft Notice of Petition to Abandon

43255                              SERVICE DATE – AUGUST 22, 2013

DO

FR-4915-01-P

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Surface Transportation Board

[Docket No. AB 303 (Sub-No. 41X)]

 

Wisconsin Central Ltd.—Abandonment Exemption—in Winnebago County, Wis.

                                                                                                                       

On August 2, 2013, Wisconsin Central Ltd. (WCL) 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 approximately 0.23 miles of rail line, known as the Galloway Spur, extending from milepost 206.27 at Henry Street to the end of the line at milepost 206.50 near South Commercial Street in Neenah, Winnebago County, Wis.  The line traverses United States Postal Service Zip Code 54956.  There are no stations on the line.[1]

WCL states that, based on information in its possession, the line does not contain federally granted rights-of-way.  Any documentation in WCL’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 issuing 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 20, 2013. 

            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 $1,600 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 September 11, 2013.  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 303 (Sub-No. 41X) and must be sent to:  (1) Surface Transportation Board, 395 E Street, S.W., Washington, DC  20423-0001; and (2) Audrey L. Brodick, Fletcher & Sippel LLC, 29 North Wacker Drive, Suite 920, Chicago, IL 60606Replies to the petition are due on or before September 11, 2013

            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 comment 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:  August 9, 2013.

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



[1]  WCL states that Galloway Company (Galloway) is the only shipper on the line. According to WCL, after abandonment, WCL plans to reclassify the line as private industry track and transfer it to Galloway, whose private track connects with the line.  Galloway, WCL states, will acquire the track to expand and redevelop its rail facilities so that it can accommodate Galloway’s future expansion and business growth.  WCL further states that Galloway will remain a rail-served property after the abandonment.