SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD DECISION DOCUMENT
    Decision Information

Docket Number:  
AB_290_353_X

Case Title:  
NORFOLK SOUTHERN RAILWAY COMPANY-DISCONTINUANCE OF SERVICE EXEMPTION-IN CLINTON AND HOWARD COUNTIES, IND.

Decision Type:  
Notice Of Exemption

Deciding Body:  
Director Of Proceedings

    Decision Summary

Decision Notes:  
PROVIDED NOTICE THAT NORFOLK SOUTHERN RAILWAY COMPANY FILED A NOTICE OF EXEMPTION TO DISCONTINUE SERVICE OVER AN APPROXIMATELY 22.1-MILE RAIL LINE EXTENDING FROM MILEPOST TS-183.7, NEAR KOKOMO, IND., TO MILEPOST TS-205.8 IN FRANKFORT, IND., IN CLINTON AND HOWARD COUNTIES, IND.

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43258                              SERVICE DATE – AUGUST 14, 2013

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FR-4915-01-P

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Surface Transportation Board

[Docket No. AB 290 (Sub-No. 353X)]

Norfolk Southern Railway Company—Discontinuance of Service Exemption—in Clinton and Howard Counties, Ind.

            Norfolk Southern Railway Company (NSR) 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 an approximately 22.1-mile rail line extending from milepost TS-183.7 near Kokomo, Ind., to milepost TS-205.8 in Frankfort, Ind., in Clinton and Howard Counties, Ind.  The line traverses United States Postal Service Zip Codes 46039, 46041, 46057, 46901, and 46979.

            NSR has certified that:  (1) no local traffic has moved over the line for at least two years; (2) no overhead traffic has moved over the line for at least two years, and overhead traffic, if there were any, could be rerouted over other lines; (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 (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) to subsidize continued rail service has been received, this exemption will be effective on September 13, 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 August 26, 2013.[2]  Petitions to reopen must be filed by September 3, 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 NSR’s representative:  Robert A. Wimbish, Baker & Miller PLLC, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Suite 300, Washington, DC  20037.

            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:  August 9, 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 NSR 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.