|SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD DECISION DOCUMENT|
|MISSOURI CENTRAL RAILROAD COMPANY-ABANDONMENT AND DISCONTINUANCE OF SERVICE EXEMPTION-IN CASS COUNTY, MO.|
|Director Of Proceedings|
|DECISION GRANTED THE REQUEST TO EXTEND THE NOTICE OF INTERIM NEGOTIATING PERIOD FROM JUNE 25, 2011, TO JULY 25, 2011.|
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|Full Text of Decision|
41712 SERVICE DATE – JUNE 21, 2011
SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD
Docket No. AB 1068X
MISSOURI CENTRAL RAILROAD COMPANY―ABANDONMENT AND DISCONTINUANCE OF SERVICE EXEMPTION―IN CASS COUNTY, MO.
Decided: June 20, 2011
Missouri Central Railroad Company (MCRR) filed a verified notice of exemption under 49 C.F.R. pt. 1152 subpart F–Exempt Abandonments to abandon a 5.6-mile railroad line extending between milepost 257.283 (near Wingate) and milepost 262.906 (near Pleasant Hill) in Cass County, Mo. Notice of the exemption was served and published in the Federal Register on November 26, 2010 (75 Fed. Reg. 72,861). In this decision, the Board is granting the request by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) to extend the interim trail use negotiation period.
By decision and notice of interim trail use or abandonment (NITU) served on December 27, 2010, the proceeding was reopened and a 180-day period was authorized for MDNR to negotiate an interim trail use/rail banking agreement with MCRR for the right-of-way involved in this proceeding pursuant to the National Trails System Act, 16 U.S.C. § 1247(d) (Trails Act). The trail use negotiation period under the NITU is scheduled to expire on June 25, 2011.
On June 14, 2011, MDNR and MCRR jointly filed a motion to extend the time to negotiate interim trail use. MDNR requests an additional 30-day extension of the NITU negotiating period. In support, MDNR states that the parties have substantially agreed to the terms of a trail use agreement but that they need the additional time to finalize and close on the transaction. MCRR agrees to the extension request.
Where, as here, the carrier is willing to continue trail use negotiations, the negotiating period may be extended. An extension of the NITU negotiating period will promote the establishment of trail use and rail banking consistent with the Trails Act. Accordingly, the NITU negotiating period will be extended for 30 days from June 25, 2011, to July 25, 2011.
This decision will not significantly affect either the quality of the human environment or the conservation of energy resources.
It is ordered:
1. MDNR’s request to extend the negotiation period is granted.
2. The negotiating period under the NITU is extended from June 25, 2011, to July 25, 2011.
3. This decision is effective on its service date.
By the Board, Rachel D. Campbell, Director, Office of Proceedings.
 In addition to interim trail use, the NITU also imposed a public use condition that will expire on June 26, 2011, and that may not be extended, and 5 environmental conditions. The 5 environmental conditions remain in effect.
 See Rail Abans.–Use of Rights-of-Way as Trails–Supplemental Trails Act Procedures, 4 I.C.C.2d 152, 157-58 (1987).