|SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD DECISION DOCUMENT|
|ALMANOR RAILROAD COMPANY-ABANDONMENT EXEMPTION-IN PLUMAS AND LASSEN COUNTIES, CA|
|Notice Of Exemption|
|Director Of Proceedings|
|PROVIDED NOTICE THAT ALMANOR RAILROAD COMPANY FILED A NOTICE OF EXEMPTION TO ABANDON A 12.3-MILE LINE OF RAILROAD IN PLUMAS AND LASSEN COUNTIES, CA.|
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|Full Text of Decision|
40551 SERVICE DATE – FEBRUARY 9, 2010
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Surface Transportation Board
[STB Docket No. AB-1052X]
Almanor Railroad Company–Abandonment
Exemption–in Plumas and
Almanor Railroad Company (AL) filed a notice
of exemption under 49 CFR 1152 Subpart F–Exempt Abandonments to abandon
a 12.3-mile line of railroad between milepost 0.0 in
AL has certified that: (1) no local traffic has been handled to or from any customer over the rail line for at least 2 years; (2) any overhead traffic on the line can 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 Board or with any U.S. District Court or has been decided in favor of complainant within the 2-year period; and (4) the requirements at 49 CFR 1105.7 (environmental report), 49 CFR 1105.8 (historic report), 49 CFR 1105.11 (transmittal letter), 49 CFR 1105.12 (newspaper publication), and 49 CFR 1152.50(d)(1) (notice to governmental agencies) have been met.
As a condition to this exemption, any employee adversely affected by the abandonment shall be protected under Oregon Short Line R. Co.–Abandonment–Goshen, 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.
formal expression of intent to file an offer of financial assistance (OFA) has
been received, this exemption will be effective on March 11, 2010,
unless stayed pending reconsideration.
Petitions to stay that do not involve environmental issues,
formal expressions of intent to file an OFA under 49 CFR 1152.27(c)(2),
and trail use/rail banking requests under 49 CFR 1152.29 must be filed by February 19, 2010. Petitions to reopen or requests for public
use conditions under 49 CFR 1152.28 must be filed by March 1, 2010,
with: Surface Transportation Board,
395 E Street, S.W.,
A copy of
any petition filed with the Board should be sent to
If the verified notice contains false or misleading information, the exemption is void ab initio.
Environmental, historic preservation, public use, or trail use/rail banking conditions will be imposed, where appropriate, in a subsequent decision.
the provisions of 49 CFR 1152.29(e)(2), AL shall file
a notice of consummation with the Board to signify that it has exercised the
authority granted and fully abandoned the line.
If consummation has not been effected by
Board decisions and notices are available on our website at “WWW.STB.DOT.GOV.”
Decided: February 4, 2010.
By the Board, Rachel D. Campbell, Director, Office of Proceedings.
 The Board will grant a stay if an informed decision on environmental issues (whether raised by a party or by the Board’s Section of Environmental Analysis (SEA) in its independent investigation) cannot be made before the exemption’s effective date. See Exemption of Out-of-Service Rail Lines, 5 I.C.C.2d 377 (1989). Any request for a stay should be filed as soon as possible so that the Board may take appropriate action before the exemption’s effective date.