SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD DECISION DOCUMENT
    Decision Information

Docket Number:  
AB_55_731_x

Case Title:  
CSX TRANSPORTATION, INC. --DISCONTINUANCE OF SERVICE EXEMPTION--IN OSWEGO COUNTY, N.Y.

Decision Type:  
Notice Of Exemption

Deciding Body:  
Director Of Proceedings

    Decision Summary

Decision Notes:  
PROVIDED NOTICE THAT CSX TRANSPORTATION, INC. (CSXT) FILED A NOTICE OF EXEMPTION TO DISCONTINUE SERVICE OVER APPROXIMATELY A 0.85-MILE RAIL LINE ON CSXT'S NORTHERN REGION, ALBANY DIVISION, FULTON SUBDIVISION, BETWEEN MILEPOST QMF 37.10 AT THE CONNECTION WITH CSXT'S MAIN LINE AND MILEPOST QMF 37.95 AT THE END OF THE TRACK, IN OSWEGO COUNTY, N.Y.

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43148 SERVICE DATE – JUNE 17, 2013

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FR-4915-01-P

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Surface Transportation Board

[Docket No. AB 55 (Sub-No. 731X)]

CSX Transportation, Inc.—Discontinuance of Service Exemption—in Oswego County, N.Y.

CSX Transportation, Inc. (CSXT) filed a verified notice of exemption under 49 C.F.R. pt. 1152 subpart F—Exempt Abandonments and Discontinuances of Service to discontinue service over approximately a 0.85-mile rail line on CSXT’s Northern Region, Albany Division, Fulton Subdivision, between milepost QMF 37.10 at the connection with CSXT’s main line and milepost QMF 37.95 at the end of the track, in Oswego County, N.Y. (the Line). The Line traverses United States Postal Service Zip Code 13126, and includes the Oswego Station located at milepost QMF 37.10.

CSXT has certified that: (1) no local traffic has moved over the Line for at least two years; (2) any overhead traffic on the Line can be and has been 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 Surface Transportation Board or with any U.S. District Court or has been decided in favor of complainant within the two-year period; and (4) the requirements at 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 discontinuance of service 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 July 17, 2013, unless stayed pending reconsideration. Petitions to stay that do not involve environmental issues and formal expressions of intent to file an OFA for continued rail service under 49 C.F.R.  1152.27(c)(2)[1] must be filed by June 27, 2013.[2] Petitions to reopen must be filed by July 8, 2013, with the Surface Transportation Board, 395 E Street, S.W., Washington, DC 20423-0001.

A copy of any petition filed with the Board should be sent to CSXT’s representative: Louis E. Gitomer, Law Offices of Louis E. Gitomer, LLC, 600 Baltimore Avenue, Suite 301, Towson, MD 21204.

If the verified notice contains false or misleading information, the exemption is void ab initio.

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

Decided: June 12, 2013.

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



[1] Each OFA must be accompanied by the filing fee, which is currently set at $1,600. See 49 C.F.R. 1002.2(f)(25).

[2] Because CSXT is seeking to discontinue service, not to abandon the Line, trail use/rail banking and public use conditions are not appropriate. Likewise, no environmental or historic documentation is required here under 49 C.F.R. 1105.6(c) and 49 C.F.R. 1105.8(b), respectively.