[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 140 (Thursday, July 21, 2011)]
[Pages 43743-43744]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-18404]



Surface Transportation Board

[Docket No. AB 1053 (Sub-No. 2X)]

Michigan Air-Line Railway Co.--Abandonment Exemption--in Oakland 
County, MI

    On July 1, 2011, Michigan Air-Line Railway Co. (MAL Railway) 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 an approximately 5.45-mile rail line between milepost 45.26 
(Engineer's Profile Station 2389+72), at the west line of Haggerty 
Road, and milepost 50.65 (Engineer's Profile Station 2677+67), at the 
intersection with the right-of-way of a CSX Transportation, Inc. rail 
line, in the City of Wixom, in Oakland County, Mich.\1\ The line 
traverses U.S. Postal Service Zip Codes 48390 and 48393.

    \1\ In a decision served on May 18, 2011, the Board denied a 
previous petition submitted by MAL Railway to abandon the line at 
issue. The Board denied the petition because MAL Railway did not 
provide the Board with sufficient evidence regarding the revenues 
and costs associated with the line, thereby making it impossible to 
determine what burden, if any, MAL Railway incurred in continuing to 
operate the line. Mich. Air-Line Ry.--Abandonment Exemption--in 
Oakland Cnty., Mich., AB 1053 (Sub-No. 1X) (STB served May 18, 

    The line does not contain Federally granted rights-of-way. Any 
documentation in MAL Railway'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 Railroad--Abandonment Portion 
Goshen Branch Between Firth & Ammon, in Bingham & Bonneville Counties, 
Idaho, 360 I.C.C. 91 (1979).
    By issuing this notice, the Board is instituting an exemption 
proceeding pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 10502(b). A final decision will be 
issued by October 19, 2011.
    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. Each OFA must be accompanied by a $1,500 
filing fee. See 49 CFR 1002.2(f)(25).
    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 August 10, 2011. Each trail 
use request must be accompanied by a $250 filing fee. See 49 CFR 
    All filings in response to this notice must refer to Docket No. AB 
1053 (Sub-No. 2X), and must be sent to: (1) Surface Transportation 
Board, 395 E Street, SW., Washington, DC 20423-0001; and (2) W. Robert 
Alderson, 2101 SW., 21st Street Topeka, KS 66604. Replies to MAL 
Railway's petition are due on or before August 10, 2011.
    Persons seeking further information concerning abandonment 
procedures may contact the Board's Office of Public Assistance, 
Governmental Affairs, and Compliance at (202) 245-0238 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 Office of Environmental Analysis (OEA) at (202) 245-0305. 
Assistance for the hearing impaired is available through the Federal 
Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339.
    An environmental assessment (EA) (or environmental impact statement 
(EIS), if necessary) prepared by OEA 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 OEA 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.
    Board decisions and notices are available on our Web site at: 

    Decided: July 18, 2011.

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    By the Board, Rachel D. Campbell, Director, Office of 
Jeffrey Herzig,
Clearance Clerk.
[FR Doc. 2011-18404 Filed 7-20-11; 8:45 am]