[Federal Register Volume 63, Number 46 (Tuesday, March 10, 1998)]
[Page 11708]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 98-6142]



Surface Transportation Board
[STB Docket No. AB-33 (Sub-No. 118X)]

Union Pacific Railroad Company--Abandonment Exemption--In 
Colorado Springs, El Paso County, CO (Templeton Gap Spur)

    On February 18, 1998, Union Pacific Railroad Company (UP) filed 
with the Surface Transportation Board (Board) a petition under 49 
U.S.C. 10502 for exemption from the provisions of 49 U.S.C. 10903 to 
abandon a line of railroad known as the Templeton Gap Spur, extending 
from the end of the line at railroad milepost 602.70 (at North Academy 
Boulevard) to railroad milepost 605.77 (at Templeton Gap Road), in 
Colorado Springs, a distance of 3.07 miles, in El Paso County, CO. The 
line traverses U.S. Postal Service Zip Codes 80907 and 80909. UP 
indicates that there are no non-agency rail stations on the line.
    The line does not contain federally granted rights-of-way. Any 
documentation in UP's possession will be made available promptly to 
those requesting it.
    The interest of railroad employees will be protected by the 
conditions set forth in Oregon Short Line R. Co.--Abandonment--Goshen, 
360 I.C.C. 91 (1979).
    By issuance of this notice, the Board is instituting an exemption 
proceeding pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 10502(b). A final decision will be 
issued by June 8, 1998.
    Any offer of financial assistance (OFA) under 49 CFR 1152.27(b)(2) 
will be due no later than 10 days after service of a decision granting 
the petition for exemption. An offer may be filed at any time after the 
filing of the petition for exemption. For offers filed before March 20, 
1998, the offer must be accompanied by a $900 filing fee. For offers 
filed on or after March 20, 1998, the offer must be accompanied by a 
$1,000 filing fee. See 49 CFR 1002.2(f)(25) and Regulations Governing 
Fees for Service Performed in Connection with Licensing and Related 
Services--1998 Update, STB Ex Parte No. 542 (Sub-No. 2) (STB served 
Feb. 18, 1998).
    All interested persons should be aware that, following abandonment 
of rail service and salvage of the line, the line may be suitable for 
other public use, including interim trail use. Any request for a public 
use condition under 49 CFR 1152.28 or for trail use/rail banking under 
49 CFR 1152.29 will be due no later than March 30, 1998. Each trail use 
request must be accompanied by a $150 filing fee. See 49 CFR 
    All filings in response to this notice must refer to STB Docket No. 
AB-33 (Sub-No. 118X) and must be sent to: (1) Surface Transportation 
Board, Office of the Secretary, Case Control Unit, 1925 K Street, N.W., 
Washington, DC 20423-0001, and (2) Joseph D. Anthofer, Union Pacific 
Railroad Company, 1416 Dodge Street, Room 830, Omaha, NE 68179-0830.
    Persons seeking further information concerning abandonment 
procedures may contact the Board's Office of Public Services at (202) 
565-1592 or refer to the full abandonment or discontinuance regulations 
at 49 CFR part 1152. Questions concerning environmental issues may be 
directed to the Board's Section of Environmental Analysis (SEA) at 
(202) 565-1545. (TDD for the hearing impaired is available at (202) 
    An environmental assessment (EA) (or environmental impact statement 
(EIS), if necessary) prepared by SEA will be served upon all parties of 
record and upon any agencies or other persons who commented during its 
preparation. Other interested persons may contact SEA to obtain a copy 
of the EA (or EIS). EAs in these abandonment proceedings normally will 
be made available within 60 days of the filing of the petition. The 
deadline for submission of comments on the EA will generally be within 
30 days of its service.

    Decided: March 3, 1998.

    By the Board, David M. Konschnik, Director, Office of 
Vernon A. Williams,
[FR Doc. 98-6142 Filed 3-9-98; 8:45 am]