Notice of Application for Approval of Discontinuance or Modification of a Railroad Signal System or Relief From the Requirements of Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations Part 236.

Pursuant to Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) part 235 and 49 U.S.C. 20502(a), the following railroads have petitioned the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) seeking approval for the discontinuance or modification of the signal system or relief from the requirements of 49 CFR part 236 as detailed below.

Applicant: CSX Transportation, Incorporated, Mr. E.G. Peterson, Assistant Chief Engineer, Signal Design and Construction, 4901 Belfort Road, Suite 130 (S/C J-370), Jacksonville, Florida 32256.

CSX Transportation Incorporated seeks approval of the proposed modification of the signal system, on Main Tracks No. 1 and No. 2, at Sand Patch, Pennsylvania, milepost BF-211.2, on the Keystone Subdivision, Cumberland Division, consisting the discontinuance and removal of signals 9, 13A, 54, 55, 56, and 57, and conversion of the method of operation from interlocking signal system to a traffic control system. The proposal is in conjunction with the retirement of various power-operated switches and their associated signals; relocation of some other signals, and relocation of control for the remaining facilities to the Jacksonville, Florida dispatcher.

The reason given for the proposed changes is that under current operating conditions, the need for the hold out signals no longer exists, and removal of the signals will increase operating efficiency.

Any interested party desiring to protest the granting of an application shall set forth specifically the grounds upon which the protest is made, and contain a concise statement of the interest of the Protestant in the proceeding. Additionally, one copy of the protest shall be furnished to the applicant at the address listed above.

All communications concerning this proceeding should be identified by the docket number and must be submitted to the Docket Clerk, DOT Central Docket Management Facility, Room PI-401, Washington, DC 20590-0001. Communications received within 45 days of the date of this notice will be considered by the FRA before final action is taken. Comments received after that date will be considered as far as practicable. All written communications concerning these proceedings are available for examination during regular business hours (9 a.m.-5 p.m.) at DOT Central Docket Management Facility, Room PI-401 (Plaza Level), 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC 20590-0001. All documents in the public docket are also available for inspection and copying on the internet at the docket facility's Web site at http://dms.dot.gov.

FRA expects to be able to determine these matters without an oral hearing. However, if a specific request for an oral hearing is accompanied by a showing that the party is unable to adequately present his or her position by written statements, an application may be set for public hearing.

Issued in Washington, DC on October 12, 2000. Grady C. Cothen, Jr.,

Deputy Associate Administrator for Safety Standards and Program Development.

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