|SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD DECISION DOCUMENT|
|WISCONSIN CENTRAL LTD.--ABANDONMENT EXEMPTION--IN LANGLADE, MENOMINEE AND SHAWANO COUNTIES, WIS.|
|Director Of Proceedings|
|DECISION GRANTED A REQUEST TO EXTEND THE NOTICE OF INTERIM TRAIL USE NEGOTIATING PERIOD UNTIL OCTOBER 16, 2010, IN THIS PROCEEDING.|
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|Full Text of Decision|
40746 SERVICE DATE – LATE RELEASE APRIL 16, 2010
SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD
Docket No. AB 303 (Sub-No. 25X)
WISCONSIN CENTRAL LTD.—ABANDONMENT EXEMPTION—
IN LANGLADE, MENOMINEE AND SHAWANO COUNTIES, WIS.
Decided: April 16, 2010
This decision extends the interim trail use negotiating period for a 3.4-mile portion of the railroad line authorized for abandonment in this proceeding.
By decision and notice of interim trail use or abandonment (NITU) served on January 5, 2001, the Board granted the petition for exemption filed by Wisconsin Central Ltd. (WCL) for abandonment of a 34.3-mile line of railroad, known as the White Lake-Shawano Line, between milepost 280 north of White Lake and milepost 314.3 north of Shawano, in Langlade, Menominee, and Shawano Counties, Wis. The exemption was subject to environmental, historic preservation, and standard employee protective conditions, as well as a trail use condition authorizing a 180-day period, until July 4, 2001, for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WisDNR) to negotiate an interim trail use/rail banking agreement with WCL. The NITU negotiating period has been extended several times for portions of the line and, as a result, WCL reached an agreement with WisDNR for WisDNR to purchase the right-of-way from milepost 280 to milepost 287. Also, by letter filed on June 5, 2002, WCL informed the Board that it had consummated the abandonment of the line between milepost 287 and milepost 299.5.
and notice of interim trail use or abandonment served on December 30, 2002,
a NITU request was granted for the Stockbridge-Munsee Community (the Tribe) to
negotiate an interim trail use/rail banking agreement with WCL for a portion of
the right-of-way approximately from milepost 303 to milepost 306.4 in
Where, as here, the carrier is
willing to continue trail use negotiations, the negotiating period may be
extended. An extension of the
negotiating period will promote the establishment of trail use and rail banking
consistent with the National Trails System Act, 16 U.S.C.
This decision will not significantly affect either the quality of the human environment or the conservation of energy resources.
It is ordered:
1. The Tribe’s request to extend the NITU
negotiating period is granted for that portion of the right-of-way
approximately from milepost 303 to milepost 306.4 in
2. The NITU negotiating period for that portion of the right-of-way is extended until October 16, 2010.
3. This decision is effective on the date of service.
By the Board, Rachel D. Campbell, Director, Office of Proceedings.
 See Rail Abandonments–Supplemental Trails Act Procedures, 4 I.C.C.2d 152, 157-58 (1987).