[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 196 (Wednesday, October 9, 2019)]
[Pages 54243-54244]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-21842]



[Docket No. AB 303 (Sub-No. 53X)]

Wisconsin Central Ltd.--Discontinuance of Service Exemption--in 
Baraga County, Mich.

    Wisconsin Central Ltd. (WCL) has filed a verified notice of 
exemption under 49 CFR part 1152 subpart F--Exempt Abandonments and 
Discontinuances of Service to discontinue common carrier service over 
approximately 4.9 miles of rail line in Baraga County, Mich., extending

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between milepost 219.0 at L'Anse (southwest of the intersection of U.S. 
41 and Menge Creek Rd.) and milepost 223.9 at Baraga (the Line). The 
Line traverses U.S. Postal Service Zip Codes 49946 and 49908.
    WCL has certified that: (1) No local traffic has moved over the 
Line for at least two years; (2) overhead traffic (to the extent any 
exists) 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 Surface Transportation 
Board (Board) or with any U.S. District Court or has been decided in 
favor of complainant within the two-year period; and (4) the 
requirements at 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 discontinuance of service shall be protected under Oregon Short 
Line Railroad--Abandonment Portion Goshen Branch Between Firth & Ammon, 
in Bingham & Bonneville Counties, Idaho, 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 
    Provided no formal expression of intent to file an offer of 
financial assistance (OFA) \1\ to subsidize continued rail service has 
been received, this exemption will be effective on November 8, 2019, 
unless stayed pending reconsideration. Petitions to stay that do not 
involve environmental issues must be filed by October 18, 2019, and 
formal expressions of intent to file an OFA to subsidize continued rail 
service under 49 CFR 1152.27(c)(2) \2\ must be filed by October 21, 
2019.\3\ Petitions for reconsideration must be filed by October 29, 
2019, with the Surface Transportation Board, 395 E Street SW, 
Washington, DC 20423-0001.

    \1\ Persons interested in submitting an OFA to subsidize 
continued rail service must first file a formal expression of intent 
to file an offer, indicating the intent to file an OFA for subsidy 
and demonstrating that they are preliminarily financially 
responsible. See 49 CFR 1152.27(c)(2)(i).
    \2\ The filing fee for OFAs can be found at 49 CFR 
    \3\ Because this is a discontinuance proceeding and not an 
abandonment, trail use/rail banking and public use conditions are 
not appropriate. Because there will be an environmental review 
during abandonment, this discontinuance does not require 
environmental review.

    A copy of any petition filed with the Board should be sent to WCL's 
representative, Bradon J. Smith, Fletcher & Sippel LLC, 29 North Wacker 
Drive, Suite 800, Chicago, IL 60606.
    If the verified notice contains false or misleading information, 
the exemption is void ab initio.
    Board decision and notices are available at www.stb.gov.

    Decided: October 2, 2019.

    By the Board, Allison C. Davis, Director, Office of Proceedings.
Eden Besera,
Clearance Clerk.
[FR Doc. 2019-21842 Filed 10-8-19; 8:45 am]