WASHINGTON – CSX Transportation, Inc. (CSXT) said yesterday it’s okay to extend a deadline to make nearly 18 miles of its West Virginia track to become a trail.
Marion County Commissioners requested a notice of interim trail use-rail banking for approximately 17.51 miles of CSX railroad in its Southern Region, Huntington Division East, Fairmont Subdivision, between Barrackville, milepost BS-306.32 and Mannington, milepost BS-319.48, including the Dents Run Spur between milepost BSB 0.00 and milepost BSB 4.35.
The last extension of the negotiating period would have expired in September.
Richard Walton, the county’s Planning and Development Director, told the STB “A lot has transpired since the date of the last extension request. The county and CSXT have entered into an agreement for the corridor. There are a lot of details to the agreement including an environmental assessment. These details and tests are being worked out and the county and CSXT hope to have everything completed and the property transferred by December 31.”
CSXT attorney Louis Gitomer responded, “CSXT agrees to the 180-day extension of time until March 4, 2012 to negotiate interim trail use-rail banking for the 17.51-mile rail line.”
Now both parties await the three STB members to decide if the extension is okay.
CSX is headquartered in Jacksonville.