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Public & Media Advisory: Surface Transportation Board Issues Revised Schedule of Appearances & Time Allocations for July 24 Public Hearing in New York City on "Highline" Rail-Line Abandonment Case

Surface Transportation Board Chairman Roger Nober today announced the issuance of a revised speakers' schedule for the Board's July 24, 2003 public hearing in the New York "Highline" railroad abandonment case.

The attached list of speakers and speaking times replaces that issued in Surface Transportation Board "News" release #03-32, issued July 17, 2003, concerning the Board's public hearing beginning at 2:00 p.m. EDT, on Thursday, July 24, 2003, in the Federal Conference Center, in the Jacob Javits Federal Building, 26 Federal Plaza, New York, New York. That hearing will provide a forum for interested persons to express their views on the matters at issue in the rail-abandonment case officially entitled Chelsea Property Owners--Abandonment--Portion of the Consolidated Rail Corporation's West 30th Street Secondary Track in New York, NY, Docket No. AB-167 (Sub-No. 1094)A.

The Board initially announced the July 24 Highline public hearing in Surface Transportation Board "News" release #03-26 issued June 4, 2003. News release #03-32, mentioned above, also provided instructions for public and media attendance at the hearing. These prior, and all of the Board's news releases, are available under "News & Speeches" on the homepage of the Board's Website at


Chelsea Property Owners--Abandonment--Portion of the Consolidated Rail Corporation's West 30th Street Secondary Track in New York, NY Docket No. AB-167 (Sub-No. 1094)A


Panel I
The City of New York
Deputy Mayor Daniel L. Doctoroff
City Planning Commission Chairperson Amanda Burden
Speaker of the New York City Council Gifford Miller / 45 minutes

Panel II
Friends of the High Line, Inc.
Phil Aarons
Robert Hammond / 20 minutes

Chelsea Property Owners
John H. Broadley / 5 minutes

Consolidated Rail Corporation, CSX Corporation, and CSX Transportation, Inc.
Robert M. Jenkins III
Peter J. Shudtz / 15 minutes

Panel III
Congressman Jerrold Nadler or Designee / 7.5 minutes
Christine C. Quinn, New York City Councilmember / 7.5 minutes

Panel IV
The Municipal Art Society of New York
Frank Emile Sanchis III / 3 minutes

The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation
Jo Hamilton / 3 minutes

The American Institute of Architects, New York Chapter
Fredric Bell / 3 minutes

The Society for Industrial Archeology
Mary Habstritt / 3 minutes

The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
Jeffrey R. Ciabotti / 3 minutes

The New York Metro Chapter of the American Planning Association
Michael Levin / 3 minutes

The Lerner Group, Inc.
Anne-Brigitte Sirois / 3 minutes

Charles Chotkowski / 3 minutes

Susan Sands / 3 minutes

Manhattan Community Board No. 4
John Lee Compton / 3 minutes