1152.60 Special rules.§ 1152.60 Special rules.
(a) This section contains special rules applicable to any proceeding instituted under the 49 U.S.C. 10502 exemption procedure for either the abandonment of a rail line or the discontinuance of service or trackage rights over a rail line. General rules applicable to any proceeding filed under the 49 U.S.C. 10502 exemption procedure may be found at 49 CFR part 1121, but the rules in part 1152 control in case of any conflict with the general exemption rules. In the case of petitions for exemption for abandonment, notice of the filing of the petition will be published by the Board, through the Director of the Office of Proceedings, in the Federal Register 20 days after the petition is filed. There will be no further Federal Register publication later if and when a petition is granted.
(b) Any petition filed under the 49 U.S.C. 10502 exemption procedure for either the abandonment of a rail line or the discontinuance of service or trackage rights over a rail line must be accompanied by a map that meets the requirements of § 1152.22(a)(4) of this part.
(c) A petitioner for an abandonment exemption shall submit, with its petition, a draft Federal Register notice of its petition according to the form prescribed below:
Draft Federal Register Notice. The petitioner shall submit a draft notice of its petition to be published by the Board within 20 days of the petition's filing with the Board. The draft notice shall be in the form set forth below:STB No. AB-___ (Sub-No.___) Notice of Petition for Exemption To Abandon or To Discontinue Service
On (insert date petition was filed with the Board) (name of petitioner) filed with the Surface Transportation Board, Washington, D.C. 20423, a petition for exemption for the abandonment of (the discontinuance of service on) a line of railroad known as___, extending from railroad milepost near (station name) to (the end of line or rail milepost) near (station name), which traverses through ___ (ZIP Codes) United States Postal Service ZIP Codes, a distance of ___ miles, in [County(ies), State(s)]. The line for which the abandonment (or discontinuance) exemption request was filed includes the stations of (list all stations on the line in order of milepost number, indicating milepost location).
The line (does) (does not) contain federally granted rights-of-way. Any documentation in the railroad's possession will be made available promptly to those requesting it.
The interest of railroad employees will be protected by (specify the appropriate conditions).
Any offer of financial assistance will be due no later than 10 days after service of a decision granting the petition for exemption.
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 and any request for trail use/rail banking will be due no later than 20 days after notice of the filing of the petition for exemption is published in the Federal Register.
Persons seeking further information concerning abandonment procedures may contact the Surface Transportation Board 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.
An environmental assessment (EA) (or environmental impact statement (EIS), if necessary) prepared by the Office of Environmental Analysis will be served upon all parties of record and upon any agencies or other persons who commented during its preparation. Any other persons who would like to obtain a copy of the EA (or EIS) may contact the Office of Environmental Analysis. 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.
(d) A petitioner for an abandonment exemption must serve a copy of the petition on the persons receiving notices of exemption under § 1152.50(d). The petition must include the following statement: “Based on information in our possession, the line (does) (does not) contain federally granted right-of-way. Any documentation in petitioner's possession will be made available promptly to those requesting it.”
(e) As Provided in § 1152.29(e)(2), rail carriers that receive authority to abandon a line by individual exemption under 49 U.S.C. 10502 must file with the Board a notice that abandonment has been consummated.[61 FR 67883, Dec. 24, 1996, as amended at 62 FR 34670, June 27, 1997; 83 FR 15079, Apr. 9, 2018; 84 FR 12945, Apr. 3, 2019]