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SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD ISSUES FINAL DECISION AUTHORIZING "ALASKA RAILROAD" TO BUILD & OPERATE 35-MI. LINE BETWEEN PORT MACKENZIE & POINT NEAR HOUSTON, ALASKA




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>From the Surface Transportation Board, Washington, D.C.
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The federal Surface Transportation Board today issued a decision granting
final approval for the Alaska Railroad Corporation (ARRC) to construct and
operate approximately 35 miles of new rail line connecting Port MacKenzie
(Port), in south-central Alaska, to a point on ARRC's existing main line,
between Wasilla and an area north of Willow, Alaska.][<br>]The Board's
authorization is subject to extensive environmental conditions to avoid,
minimize, or mitigate the proposal's potential environmental impacts, and
on the condition that ARRC builds the line on the route the Board
designated as environmentally preferable.[<br>][<br>]The proposed line
would provide rail freight services between the Port and Alaska's interior
and would support the Port's continuing development as an intermodal and
bulk-material resources export-import facility.  Currently, trucking is the
only mode of surface freight transportation available in the area to move
bulk materials and other freight to and from the Port.  Without the
proposed line, bulk commodity shippers now having access to ARRC's network
must transload freight from rail to trucks, then transport that freight 30
miles from ARRC's main line to the Port.[<br>][<br>]The Board's decision
follows an extensive environmental review and analysis of public concerns
conducted by the agency's Office of Environmental Analysis OEA.  In
reaching its decision, the Board considered:[<br>][<br>]· The entire public
record in this proceeding relative to the proposal's transportation merits
and potential environmental impacts, including all public
comments;[<br>][<br>]· The detailed Draft Environmental Impact Statement
(DEIS) prepared by the OEA and 3 cooperating agencies (the U.S. Army Corps
of Engineers, Alaska District; the Federal Railroad Administration; and the
U.S. Coast Guard, Seventeenth District);[<br>][<br>]· OEA's Final
Environmental Impact Statement considering all public comments received on
the DEIS, its further independent analysis and "preferred" route
alternative (recommended from among 12 carefully compared potential routes
and a "no-build" alternative), and OEA's final recommended environmental
mitigation measures; and[<br>][<br>]· OEA's Environmental Memorandum, which
set forth the issues raised in the post-Final EIS comments, ARRC's
response, OEA's independent analysis, and its final recommendations to the
Board.[<br>][<br>]The Board's decision approving ARRC's construction and
operation proposal was issued today in the case entitled [<a
href="http://www.stb.dot.gov/decisions/readingroom.nsf/WebDecisionID/41518?OpenDocument";>Alaska
 Railroad Corporation—Construction and Operation Exemption—A Rail Line
Extension to Port MacKenzie, Alaska
( http://www.stb.dot.gov/decisions/readingroom.nsf/WebDecisionID/41518?OpenDocument )


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