Thursday, May 19, 2011

BNSF files to drop service on Missouri line

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BNSF Railway has applied to the Surface Transportation Board for permission to discontinue service on a 45.84-mile segment in Iron and Crawford counties, Mo. known as the Lead Line, the STB announced Thursday.

stb_logo.jpgThe line contains federally granted rights-of-way. STB said any documentation in the railroad’s possession will be made available to those requesting it.

Written comments concerning the proposed discontinuance must be filed by June 13. “Because this is a discontinuance proceeding and not an abandonment, trail use/rail banking and public use conditions are not appropriate,” said the board. “Only offers of financial assistance to subsidize (not purchase) the line will be entertained. Applicant’s reply to any opposition statements must be filed by June 28.”