|SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD DECISION DOCUMENT|
|WISCONSIN CENTRAL LTD.--ABANDONMENT EXEMPTION--IN SAWYER COUNTY, WIS.|
|Director Of Proceedings|
|DECISION GRANTED THE COUNTY OF SAWYER WISCONSIN'S REQUEST TO EXTEND THE NOTICE OF INTERIM TRAIL USE OR ABANDONMENT NEGOTIATING PERIOD TO DECEMBER 3, 2010.|
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|Full Text of Decision|
40848 SERVICE DATE – LATE RELEASE JUNE 18, 2010
SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD
Docket No. AB 303 (Sub-No. 31X)
WISCONSIN CENTRAL LTD.—ABANDONMENT EXEMPTION—IN SAWYER
Decided: June 18, 2010
Central Ltd. (WCL) filed a notice of exemption under 49 C.F.R. § 1152 Subpart F—Exempt
Abandonments to abandon a 1.80-mile line of railroad between milepost
100.80 and milepost 102.60, in
By decision and notice of interim trail use or abandonment (NITU) served on December 19, 2007, the proceeding was reopened and a 180-day period was authorized for Wisconsin Department of Transportation, on behalf of the County of Sawyer Wisconsin (CSW) to negotiate an interim trail use/rail banking agreement with WCL 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 negotiating period under the NITU was extended several times, with the latest extension expiring on June 6, 2010.
By motion filed on June 3, 2010, CSW requests an additional 180-day extension of the NITU negotiating period. CSW indicates that negotiations are continuing in good faith with WCL and that it continues to seek funding to purchase the right-of-way, but that more time is needed to finalize negotiations. By letter filed on June 7, 2010, WCL states that it agrees to the extension request.
Where, as here, the carrier has not
consummated the abandonment at the end of the previously imposed negotiating
period and is willing to continue trail use negotiations, the Board retains
jurisdiction and the NITU negotiating period may be extended. Under the circumstances, further extension of
the negotiating period is warranted. See
Birt v. STB, 90 F.3d 580, 588-90 (D.C. Cir.
This action will not significantly affect either the quality of the human environment or the conservation of energy resources.
It is ordered:
1. CSW’s request to extend the NITU negotiating period is granted.
2. The negotiating period under the NITU is extended to December 3, 2010.
3. This decision is effective on its service date.
By the Board, Rachel D. Campbell, Director, Office of Proceedings.