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Last updated 4/1/2021 at 9:15am


Blue Ridge Southern Railroad, L.L.C. gives notice that on or about April 5, 2021 it intends to file with the Surface Transportation Board, Washington, DC, (“Board”) a notice of exemption under 49 C.F.R. part 1152 Subpart F – Exempt Abandonments and Discontinuances of Service and Trackage Rights permitting the abandonment of approximately 19.1 miles of railroad situated between Milepost 0.7 (approximately 0.1 miles northeast of the Main Street Grade Crossing) at Hendersonville in Henderson County, and Milepost 19.8 (at the end of the track approximately 0.2 miles west of Lamb Creek) at Pisgah Forest near Brevard, in Transylvania County, all within North Carolina. The Line traverses United States Postal Service ZIP Codes 28793, 28739, 28791, 28729, 28768, and 28712. The proceeding will be docketed as STB Docket No. AB 1306X.

The Board’s Office of Environmental Analysis (“OEA”) will generally prepare an Environmental Assessment (“EA”), which will become available 25 days after the filing of the notice of exemption. Comments on environmental and energy matters should be filed no later than 15 days after the EA becomes available to the public and will be addressed in a Board decision. Interested persons may obtain a copy of the EA or make inquiries regarding environmental matters by writing to OEA, Surface Transportation Board, Washington, DC 20423 or by calling OEA at 202-245-0295.

Appropriate offers of financial assistance to continue rail service can be filed with the Board. Requests for environmental conditions, public use conditions, or rail banking/trails use also can be filed with the Board. An original and 10 copies of any pleading that raises matters other than environmental issues (such as trails use, public use, and offers of financial assistance) must be filed directly with the Board’s Section of Administration, Office of Proceedings, consistent with the guidance provided at, and one copy must be served on BRS’s representative [See 49 C.F.R. § 1104.12(a)]. Questions regarding offers of financial assistance, public use or trails use may be directed to the Board’s Office of Public Assistance, Governmental Affairs, and Compliance at 202-245-0230. Copies of any comments or requests for conditions should be served on BRS’s representative: Bradon J. Smith, FLETCHER & SIPPEL LLC, 29 North Wacker Drive, Suite 800, Chicago, IL 60606 (phone: 312-252-1500; fax: 312-252-2400).



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