[Federal Register Volume 69, Number 91 (Tuesday, May 11, 2004)]
[Page 26209]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 04-10539]



Surface Transportation Board

[STB Docket No. AB-33 (Sub-No. 172X)]

Union Pacific Railroad Company--Abandonment Exemption--in 
Marshall County, KS

    On April 21, 2004, the Union Pacific Railroad Company (UP) filed 
with the Surface Transportation Board a petition under 49 U.S.C. 10502 
for exemption from the provisions of 49 U.S.C. 10903 to abandon a 5.30-
mile line of railroad known as the Vliets Industrial Lead, extending 
from milepost 409.10, near Frankfort, to milepost 403.80, near Vliets, 
in Marshall County, KS. The line traverses United States Postal Service 
Zip Codes 66427 and 66544, and includes no stations.
    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 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 August 9, 2004.
    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 $1,100 
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 June 1, 2004. Each trail use 
request must be accompanied by a $200 filing fee. See 49 CFR 
    All filings in response to this notice must refer to STB Docket No. 
AB-33 (Sub-No. 172X) and must be sent to: (1) Surface Transportation 
Board, 1925 K Street, NW., Washington, DC 20423-0001; and (2) Mack H. 
Shumate, Jr., Senior General Attorney, 101 North Wacker Drive, Room 
1920, Chicago, IL 60606. Replies to the UP petition are due on or 
before June 1, 2004.
    Persons seeking further information concerning abandonment and 
discontinuance 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) 565-1539. [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 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 after 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 http://www.stb.dot.gov.

By the Board, David M. Konschnik, Director, Office of Proceedings.

    Decided: May 4, 2004.
Vernon A. Williams,
[FR Doc. 04-10539 Filed 5-10-04; 8:45 am]