[Federal Register Volume 62, Number 245 (Monday, December 22, 1997)]
[Page 66891]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 97-33337]



Surface Transportation Board
[STB Finance Docket No. 33515]

Connecticut Central Railroad Company, Inc.--Modified Rail 

    On November 14, 1997, Connecticut Central Railroad Company, Inc. 
(CCCL), a class III shortline railroad, filed a notice for a modified 
certificate of public convenience and necessity under 49 CFR 1150, 
Subpart C--Modified Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity to 
operate approximately 4.0 miles of abandoned rail line between milepost 
3.0 in Hartford, CT, and milepost 7.0 in Wethersfield, CT (the 
Wethersfield Secondary Track), owned by the Connecticut Department of 
Transportation (C-DOT).
    The involved rail line was abandoned by Boston and Maine 
Corporation pursuant to Board authorization granted in Boston and Maine 
Corporation--Abandonment Exemption--in Hartford County, CT, STB Docket 
No. AB-32 (Sub-No. 80X) (STB served Sept. 17, 1997). C-DOT acquired the 
rail line on October 28, 1997.
    Pursuant to a supplement to the agreement dated March 28, 1996, 
between C-DOT and CCCL,1 which is scheduled to terminate on 
May 17, 2017, operations over the 4-mile segment of the Wethersfield 
Secondary Track were scheduled to commence no sooner than November 17, 

    \1\  The original notice of lease/operating agreement, dated 
June 24, 1987, governs CCCL's operations over other rail lines owned 
by C-DOT.

    The rail segment qualifies for a modified certificate of public 
convenience and necessity. See Common Carrier Status of States, State 
Agencies and Instrumentalities, and Political Subdivisions, Finance 
Docket No. 28990F (ICC served July 16, 1981).
    No subsidy is involved. There may be preconditions for shippers to 
meet in order to receive rail service. CCCL indicates that in order for 
potential shippers to receive service, they may be required to enter 
into a contractual agreement with it, and may be subject to a special 
train charge as set forth in CCCL's tariff.
    The segment represents a connecting piece of trackage linking lines 
over which CCCL has already obtained a modified rail certificate. 
Northerly, the line will form a link with other CCCL-operated trackage, 
and will connect with Consolidated Rail Corporation (Conrail) at 
Hartford, at or near milepost 2.6. Southerly, the line will connect 
with other CCCL-operated trackage and with a larger portion of CCCL's 
system. By this southerly connection, the line will enjoy interline 
connections already established by CCCL with the Providence and 
Worcester Railroad Company at Middlefield, CT, and with Conrail at 
Cedar Hill Yard in New Haven, CT.
    This notice must be served on the Association of American Railroads 
(Car Service Division) as agent for all railroads subscribing to the 
car-service and car-hire agreement: Association of American Railroads, 
50 F St., NW, Washington, DC 20001; and on the American Short Line 
Railroad Association: American Short Line Railroad Association, 1120 G 
St., NW, Suite 520, Washington, DC 20005.

    Decided: December 15, 1997.
    By the Board, David M. Konschnik, Director, Office of 
Vernon A. Williams,
[FR Doc. 97-33337 Filed 12-19-97; 8:45 am]