|SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD DECISION DOCUMENT|
|FULTON COUNTY, LLC--ABANDONMENT EXEMPTION--IN FULTON COUNTY, IND.|
|Notice Of Exemption|
|Director Of Proceedings|
|PROVIDED NOTICE THAT FULTON COUNTY, LLC FILED A NOTICE OF EXEMPTION TO ABANDON ITS LINE OF RAILROAD, 1.3 MILES LONG, IN FULTON COUNTY, IND.|
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|Full Text of Decision|
40931 SERVICE DATE – JULY 22, 2010
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Surface Transportation Board
[Docket No. AB 1064X]
Fulton County, LLC (FC), filed a verified notice of exemption under 49 C.F.R. pt. 1152 subpart F—Exempt Abandonments to abandon its line of railroad between milepost 96.9, a point 200 feet north of East 18th Street, and milepost 95.6, the end of track at the northwest property line of Wabash Road, a distance of 1.3 miles, in Rochester, Fulton County, Ind. The line traverses United States Postal Service Zip Code 46975.
FC has certified that: (1) no local traffic has moved over the line for at least 2 years; (2) there is no overhead traffic to be rerouted; (3) no formal complaint filed by a user of rail service on the line (or by a state or local government entity acting on behalf of such user) regarding cessation of service over the line either is pending with the Board or with any U.S. District Court or has been decided in favor of complainant within the 2‑year period; and (4) the requirements at 49 C.F.R. § 1105.7 (environmental report), 49 C.F.R. § 1105.8 (historic report), 49 C.F.R. § 1105.11 (transmittal letter), 49 C.F.R. § 1105.12 (newspaper publication), and 49 C.F.R. § 1152.50(d)(1) (notice to governmental agencies) have been met.
As a condition to this exemption, any employee adversely affected by the abandonment shall be protected under Oregon Short Line Railroad—Abandonment Portion Goshen Branch Between Firth & Ammon, in Bingham & Bonneville Counties, Idaho, 360 I.C.C. 91 (1979). To address whether this condition adequately protects affected employees, a petition for partial revocation under 49 U.S.C. § 10502(d) must be filed.
Provided no formal expression of intent to file an offer of financial assistance (OFA) has been received, this exemption will be effective on August 21, 2010, unless stayed pending reconsideration. Petitions to stay that do not involve environmental issues, formal expressions of intent to file an OFA under 49 C.F.R. § 1152.27(c)(2), and trail use/rail banking requests under 49 C.F.R. § 1152.29 must be filed by August 2, 2010. Petitions to reopen or requests for public use conditions under 49 C.F.R. § 1152.28 must be filed by August 11, 2010, with the Surface Transportation Board, 395 E Street, S.W., Washington, DC 20423-0001.
copy of any petition filed with the Board should be sent to FC’s
representative: Thomas F. McFarland,
If the verified notice contains false or misleading information, the exemption is void ab initio.
has filed a combined environmental and historic report that addresses the
effects, if any, of the abandonment on the environment and historic
resources. SEA will issue an
environmental assessment (EA) by July 27, 2010.
Interested persons may obtain a copy of the EA by writing to SEA (Room
1100, Surface Transportation Board,
Environmental, historic preservation, public use, or trail use/rail banking conditions will be imposed, where appropriate, in a subsequent decision.
Pursuant to the provisions of 49 C.F.R. § 1152.29(e)(2), FC shall file a notice of consummation with the Board to signify that it has exercised the authority granted and fully abandoned the line. If consummation has not been effected by FC’s filing of a notice of consummation by July 22, 2011, and there are no legal or regulatory barriers to consummation, the authority to abandon will automatically expire.
Board decisions and notices are available on our website at “WWW.STB.DOT.GOV.”
Decided: July 16, 2010.
By the Board, Rachel D. Campbell, Director, Office of Proceedings.
 The Board will grant a stay if an informed decision on environmental issues (whether raised by a party or by the Board’s Section of Environmental Analysis (SEA) in its independent investigation) cannot be made before the exemption’s effective date. See Exemption of Out-of-Serv. Rail Lines, 5 I.C.C.2d 377 (1989). Any request for a stay should be filed as soon as possible so that the Board may take appropriate action before the exemption’s effective date.
 Each OFA must be accompanied by the filing fee, which is currently set at $1,500. See 49 C.F.R. § 1002.2(f)(25).