Attorney Leonard M. Singer, Boston, MA  (617) 737-7670  (

Excerpt from:

49 U.S.C. § 10903. Filing and procedure for application to abandon or discontinue


(d) A rail carrier providing transportation subject to the jurisdiction of the Board under this part may—

(1) abandon any part of its railroad lines; or

(2) discontinue the operation of all rail transportation over any part of its railroad lines; only if the Board finds that the present or future public convenience and necessity require or permit the abandonment or discontinuance. In making the finding, the Board shall consider whether the abandonment or discontinuance will have a serious, adverse impact on rural and community development.

(e) Subject to this section and sections 10904 and 10905 of this title, if the Board—

(1) finds public convenience and necessity, it shall—

(A) approve the application as filed; or

(B) approve the application with modifications and require compliance with conditions that the Board finds are required by public convenience and necessity;


(2) fails to find public convenience and necessity, it shall deny the application.

Do not act or rely upon this statute without ensuring that it is up to date and without seeking professional legal advice.