[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 10 (Wednesday, January 15, 2020)]
[Page 2489]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2020-00502]



Federal Railroad Administration

[Docket Number FRA-2019-0108]

Notice of Application for Approval of Discontinuance or 
Modification of a Railroad Signal System

    Under part 235 of title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 
and 49 U.S.C. 20502(a), this provides the public notice that on 
December 23, 2019, representatives of the Florida, Gulf & Atlantic 
Railroad LLC (FGA) petitioned the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) 
seeking approval to discontinue or modify a signal system. FRA assigned 
the petition Docket Number FRA-2019-0108.
    Applicant: Florida, Gulf & Atlantic Railroad LLC, Mr. Thomas G. 
Healey, Fletcher & Sippel LLC, 29 North Wacker Drive, Suite 800, 
Chicago, IL 60606-3208.
    Specifically, FGA requests permission to discontinue its existing 
centralized traffic control system (TCS) on ``the Line'', which is the 
only portion of the FGA that has TCS installed. The Line (148.7 miles) 
originates at the connection with CSX Transportation (CSXT) milepost 
(MP) SP 653.3 at Baldwin, Florida, and terminates in connections with 
FGA's remaining rail system MP SP 802.0 at Tallahassee, Florida.
    Upon discontinuance of the TCS, operations will be governed by 
track warrant control (TWC) which is currently the system of operations 
on the remainder of FGA's rail system.
    The stated reason for the discontinuance is that TWC, in lieu of 
TCS, will substantially reduce operating costs, allow for investment in 
critical capital projects, and not reduce the overall safety of 
    A copy of the petition, as well as any written communications 
concerning the petition, is available for review online at 
www.regulations.gov and in person at the U.S. Department of 
Transportation's (DOT) Docket Operations Facility, 1200 New Jersey Ave. 
SE, W12-140, Washington, DC 20590. The Docket Operations Facility is 
open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal 
    Interested parties are invited to participate in these proceedings 
by submitting written views, data, or comments. FRA does not anticipate 
scheduling a public hearing in connection with these proceedings since 
the facts do not appear to warrant a hearing. If any interested parties 
desire an opportunity for oral comment and a public hearing, they 
should notify FRA, in writing, before the end of the comment period and 
specify the basis for their request.
    All communications concerning these proceedings should identify the 
appropriate docket number and may be submitted by any of the following 
     Website: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online 
instructions for submitting comments.
     Fax: 202-493-2251.
     Mail: Docket Operations Facility, U.S. Department of 
Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE, W12-140, Washington, DC 20590.
     Hand Delivery: 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE, Room W12-140, 
Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, 
except Federal Holidays.
    Communications received by March 2, 2020 will be considered by FRA 
before final action is taken. Comments received after that date will be 
considered if practicable.
    Anyone can search the electronic form of any written communications 
and comments received into any of our dockets by the name of the 
individual submitting the comment (or signing the document, if 
submitted on behalf of an association, business, labor union, etc.). 
Under 5 U.S.C. 553(c), DOT solicits comments from the public to better 
inform its processes. DOT posts these comments, without edit, including 
any personal information the commenter provides, to 
www.regulations.gov, as described in the system of records notice (DOT/
ALL-14 FDMS), which can be reviewed at www.dot.gov/privacy. See also 
http://www.regulations.gov/#!privacyNotice for the privacy notice of 

    Issued in Washington, DC.
John Karl Alexy,
Associate Administrator for Railroad Safety, Chief Safety Officer.
[FR Doc. 2020-00502 Filed 1-14-20; 8:45 am]