|SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD DECISION DOCUMENT|
|WEST MEMPHIS BASE RAILROAD L.L.C.—LEASE, OPERATION, AND FUTURE PURCHASE EXEMPTION—CITY OF WEST MEMPHIS, ARK.|
|Notice Of Exemption|
|Director Of Proceedings|
|PROVIDED NOTICE THAT WEST MEMPHIS BASE RAILROAD L.L.C. (WMBR) FILED A VERIFIED NOTICE OF EXEMPTION TO LEASE AND OPERATE FROM THE CITY OF WEST MEMPHIS, ARK., APPROXIMATELY 2.25 MILES OF RAIL LINE, IN CRITTENDEN COUNTY, ARK., PURSUANT TO AGREEMENT THAT GIVES WMBR AN OPTION TO PURCHASE THE LINE.|
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|Full Text of Decision|
46589 SERVICE DATE — SEPTEMBER 13, 2018
SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD
[Docket No. FD 36215]
West Memphis Base Railroad L.L.C.—Lease, Operation, and Future Purchase Exemption—City of West Memphis, Ark.
West Memphis Base Railroad, L.L.C. (WMBR), a noncarrier, has filed a verified notice of exemption under 49 C.F.R. § 1150.31 to lease from the City of West Memphis, Ark. (the City) and to operate approximately 2.25 miles of rail line, extending from milepost 353.281 to milepost 355.539 in West Memphis, Crittenden County, Ark. (the Line), pursuant to an agreement entered into with the City. In addition, the agreement gives WMBR an option to purchase the Line, which WMBR anticipates that it will be in a position to exercise in October of this year.
WMBR states that the proposed transaction does not involve, and the agreement between WMBR and the City does not include, any provision or agreement that would limit future interchange with a third-party connecting carrier.
WMBR certifies that its projected annual revenues as a result of this transaction will not exceed those that would qualify it as a Class III rail carrier and that the projected annual revenues will not exceed $5 million.
The transaction (including the option to purchase) may be consummated on or after September 27, 2018, the effective date of the exemption (30 days after the verified notice of exemption was filed).
If the verified notice contains false or misleading information, the exemption is void ab initio. Petitions to revoke the exemption under 49 U.S.C. § 10502(d) may be filed at any time. The filing of a petition to revoke will not automatically stay the effectiveness of the exemption. Petitions for stay must be filed no later than September 20, 2018 (at least seven days before the exemption becomes effective).
An original and 10 copies of all pleadings, referring to Docket No. FD 36215, must be filed with the Surface Transportation Board, 395 E Street, S.W., Washington, DC 20423-0001. In addition, one copy of each pleading must be served on Bradon J. Smith, Fletcher & Sippel LLC, 29 North Wacker Drive, Suite 800, Chicago, IL 60606.
According to WMBR, this action is categorically excluded from environmental review under 49 C.F.R. § 1105.6(c).
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Decided: September 10, 2018.
By the Board, Scott M. Zimmerman, Acting Director, Office of Proceedings.
 WMBR and the City have agreed for WMBR to lease the Line for an initial term expiring at the later occurrence of: (1) completion of certain publicly funded improvements to the Line, or (2) December 31, 2020.