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Union Pacific Railroad Company (UP) has filed a verified notice of exemption under: (1) 49 CFR 1180.2(d)(1) to acquire and operate over San Pedro Railroad Operating Company, LLC's (SPROC) line segments between MP 1040.15 at Curtiss, Ariz., and MP 1041.32 near Curtiss (Parcel 1), and between MP 1071.16 and MP 1084 at Naco, Ariz. (Parcel 2), and to acquire all of SPROC's property rights, including SPROC's freight operating easement, in a line segment between MP 1041.32 and MP 1071.16 (Parcel 3),
The earliest this transaction may be consummated is September 22, 2012, the effective date of the exemption (30 days after the exemption was filed).
According to UP, the purpose of assuming the rail operations over Parcels 1, 2, and 3, and acquiring the overhead trackage rights over the Leased Line is to maintain continuity of railroad service on the Curtiss Branch Line and preserve the Curtiss Branch Line for future and improved railroad service. UP states that acquiring the overhead trackage rights over the Leased Line would also provide the connection necessary for UP to serve and operate the southern portion of the Curtiss Branch Line.
In support of the exemption filed under SS 1180.2(d)(1), UP states the Board previously granted SPROC the authority to abandon Parcels 1, 2, and 3, and that UP's acquisition of, and authority to operate over, those portions would not constitute a major market extension for UP because: (1) The Curtiss Branch Line does not extend to the international border with Mexico; (2) the Curtiss Branch Line is not in or near any major commercial markets or rail routes; (3) except for the Leased Line, the entire Curtiss Branch Line was approved for abandonment by the Board; and (4) UP currently retains real property ownership of the majority of the right-of-way that makes up the Curtiss Branch Line. In support of the exemption filed under SS 1180.2(d)(7), the overhead trackage rights sought by UP over the Leased Line are based on a written agreement and such rights were neither filed nor sought by UP in a responsive application in a rail consolidation proceeding.
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If the notice contains false or misleading information, the exemption is void
An original and 10 copies of all pleadings, referring to Docket No. FD 35666, must be filed with the Surface Transportation Board, 395 E Street SW., Washington, DC 20423-0001. In addition, a copy of each pleading must be served on Mack H. Shumate, Jr., Union Pacific Railroad Company, Law Department, 101 North Wacker Drive, Room 1920, Chicago, IL 60606.
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