|SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD DECISION DOCUMENT|
|THE INDIANA RAIL ROAD COMPANY-ABANDONMENT EXEMPTION-IN MARTIN AND LAWRENCE COUNTIES, IN|
|Director Of Proceedings|
|PROVIDED NOTICE OF A PUBLIC MEETING CONCERNING THE ABANDONMENT AND DISCONTINUANCE PETITIONS FOR EXEMPTION IN THESE PROCEEDINGS.|
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40604 SERVICE DATE – LATE RELEASE FEBRUARY 18, 2010
SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD
STB Docket No. AB-295 (Sub-No. 7X)
THE INDIANA RAIL ROAD
COMPANY—ABANDONMENT EXEMPTION—IN MARTIN AND
STB Docket No. AB-55 (Sub-No. 698X)
INC.—DISCONTINUANCE OF SERVICE EXEMPTION—IN CLARK, FLOYD,
AGENCY: Surface Transportation Board.
ACTION: Notice of Public Meeting.
SUMMARY: Staff members of the Surface Transportation Board will hold a public meeting concerning the abandonment and discontinuance petitions for exemption in the respective above-titled dockets. The purpose of the meeting is to allow interested persons to comment on the petitions for exemption.
public meeting will take place on March 5, 2010, beginning at 10:00 a.m., in
the Community/Meeting Room of the Washington County Annex,
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Julia Farr, (202) 245-0359. [Assistance for the hearing impaired is available through the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339.]
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: A decision in STB Docket No. AB-295
(Sub-No. 7X), served on February 16, 2010, provided that a public meeting conducted by Board staff will be held to permit interested persons to express their views about the petition under 49 U.S.C. 10502 for exemption from the provisions of 49 U.S.C. 10903 filed by The Indiana Rail Road Company, requesting permission to abandon a 21.15-mile line of railroad extending from milepost 241.35 east of Crane, IN, to milepost 262.50 in Bedford, IN (Crane-Bedford Line), and a track extending from the Crane-Bedford Line at approximately milepost 262.40 and proceeding in an open counter-clockwise loop for approximately 1.65 miles (Bedford Industrial Track).
Letters of protest and requests for
public hearing have been filed by: The Honorable Baron Hill, United States
Congressman; Eric Koch, Indiana State Representative; Shawna Girgis, City of
Additionally, in STB Docket No. AB-55 (Sub-No. 698X), CSX Transportation, Inc.—Discontinuance of Service Exemption—in Clark, Floyd, Lawrence, Orange, and Washington Counties, IN, a petition for exemption was filed by CSX Transportation, Inc., to discontinue service over a line of railroad from a point south of Bedford to New Albany, IN, a distance of 62.3 miles. A number of the parties who have filed protests or comments in STB Docket No. AB-295 (Sub-No. 7X) reference in their submissions the impact of both that proposed abandonment as well as the proposed discontinuance in STB Docket No. AB-55 (Sub-No. 698X). While the two proceedings are independent matters that will be treated separately by the Board, participants may discuss both proceedings at the public meeting.
During the public meeting, staff from the Board’s Office of Proceedings will hear comments regarding both the abandonment proceeding and the discontinuance proceeding. The meeting will continue until all interested persons or parties have had an opportunity to speak. Persons wishing to speak should place their names on the list of speakers upon arrival at the Washington County Annex. A court reporter will transcribe the meeting and prepare a transcript that will be included in the public record of each proceeding.
All decisions, notices, and filings in this proceeding are available on the Board’s website at “www.stb.dot.gov.” A transcript of the meeting will also be posted on the Board’s website.
This action will not significantly affect either the quality of the human environment or the conservation of energy resources.
Dated: February 18, 2010.
By the Board, Rachel D. Campbell, Director, Office of Proceedings.
 These proceedings are not consolidated; they are being handled together for administrative convenience.
 Correspondence submitted in response to STB Docket No. AB-295 (Sub-No. 7X) has been placed in the public docket even if it has not been served on all parties. However, pursuant to 49 CFR 1104.12, every document filed with the Board should include a certificate showing simultaneous service on all parties of record, if the filer intends for the document to be considered in the Board’s evaluation of the merits of the proceeding.