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9/19/2005



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STB hands down six rail-related decisions at open voting conference



The Surface Transportation Board issued seven decisions during an open voting conference on Sept. 15.

Among the six decisions involving rail lines, the board voted to:
• deny the United Transportation Union’s petition to revoke an exemption notice allowing East Brookfield & Spencer Railroad L.L.C. to lease track from CSX Transportation in East
Brookfield and Spencer, Mass.;
• reject San Pedro Railroad Operating Co. L.L.C.’s petition to abandon about 76 miles of track in Cochise County, Ariz.;
• grant Pittsburg & Shawmut Railroad L.L.C.’s petition to abandon about 40 miles of track in Armstrong and Jefferson counties, Penn.;
• deny Kershaw Sunnyside Ranches’ petition to reconsider and clarify an adverse abandonment decision regarding an 11.3-mile line in Yakima County, Wash.;
• approve Kansas & Oklahoma Railroad Inc.’s advance-notice waiver request regarding the short line’s plan to acquire a 27-mile line between Newton and McPherson, Kan., from Union Pacific Railroad; and
• grant UP’s petition to allow a local trackage rights agreement with BNSF Railway Co. to expire on Dec. 31.


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