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review, TDOT, in November 2003, information and solicit input: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The
referred the project back to local newsletters; an internet website; e-mail FHWA in cooperation with the
officials for further review. The James and direct mail; informational meetings Michigan Department of Transportation
White Parkway—Chapman Highway and briefings; public hearings; and other (MDOT) is preparing an Environmental
Corridor Study Task Force, with efforts as necessary and appropriate. A Impact Statement (EIS) to evaluate
technical support from the Knoxville— public hearing will be held upon alternatives for potential improvements
Knox County Metropolitan Planning completion of the Draft EIS and public to the United States Border Plaza at the
Commission and the Knoxville Regional notice will be given of the time and Blue Water Bridge.
Transportation Planning Organization, place of the hearing. The Draft EIS will The Blue Water Bridge is a major
conducted an extensive review of the be available for public and agency passenger and commercial border
project. The task force was authorized review and comment prior to the public crossing between the United States and
by the Knoxville City Council in January hearings. Canada and is the termination point for
2002 and was expanded in the spring of To ensure that the full range of issues I–94 in the United States and for
2004 to include a broad cross-section of related to this proposed action are Highway 402 in Canada. MDOT owns
stakeholders from both the City of identified and taken into account, and operates the Blue Water Bridge in
Knoxville and Knox County. In January comments and suggestions are invited conjunction with the Canadian Blue
2005, the task force recommended that from all interested parties. Comments Water Bridge Authority (BWBA), MDOT
additional alternatives be studied for and questions concerning the proposed also owns and operates the Blue Water
extending James White Parkway, action should be directed to the FHWA Bridge Border Plaza. Several inspection
including extending the southern contact person at the address provided agencies operate on the United States
terminus to Governor John Sevier above. Plaza. The agencies are responsible for
Highway (SR–168). inspecting vehicles, goods, and people
(Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
During preparation of the EA for the Program Number 20.205, Highway Planning
entering the United States and include:
segment of the project between Old and Construction. The regulations The Bureau of Customs and border
Sevierville Pike and Chapman Highway, implementing Executive Order 12372 Protection (CBO), the United States
several environmental issues were regarding intergovernmental consultation on Department of Agriculture (USDA), and
identified that suggested other Federal programs and activities apply to this the Food and Drug Administration
alternative alignments should be proposed program.) (FDA). The inspection agencies lease
studied and evaluated. These identified Issued on: April 25, 2007. facilities on the United States Plaza
issues could result in potential Karen M. Brunelle, from MDOT through the General
significant impacts. Therefore, due to Services Administration (GSA), which
Planning and Program Mgmt. Team Leader,
potential environmental impacts in the Nashville, TN.
serves as the Federal-leasing agent.
study area, community concerns, and MDOT collects tolls from vehicles
[FR Doc. E7–8250 Filed 4–30–07; 8:45 am]
the desire to extend the project’s south departing the United States for Canada
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terminus, the FHWA in cooperation on the plaza.
with TDOT will now prepare an EIS. The study area is located within the
The EIS will be for a proposal to City of Port Huron and Port Huron
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Township. The study area consists of
complete State Route 71, South
Knoxville Boulevard, from Governor Federal Highway Administration approximately 30 blocks (195 acres) of
John Sevier Highway (State Route 168) urban land use surrounding the existing
to Moody Avenue in Knox County, Environmental Impact Statement: Port plaza and ramps and extends to the west
Tennessee, a distance of approximately Huron township and City of Port along I–94/I–69 approximately 2.2
four miles, depending upon the Huron, MI miles. The study area includes the Black
alternative alignment that could be River Bridge, Water Street interchange,
selected. AGENCY: Federal Highway Lapeer Connector interchange, and
Alternatives to be considered include: Administration (FHWA), DOT. locations for possible off-site inspection
(1) No-build; (2) a Transportation ACTION: Notice of intent. facilities, located north of I–94/I–69 and
System Management alternative; (3) one west of the Water Street interchange.
or more build alternatives that could SUMMARY: The FHWA is reissuing this In September 2002, this project
include constructing a roadway on a Notice to advise the public of changes started as an Environmental Assessment
new location, upgrading existing to the Environmental Assessment that (EA) and proceeded through the scoping
Chapman Highway (U.S. 441/State was to be prepared for the proposed phase, Purpose and Need
Route 33/71), or a combination of both; improvements to the I–94/I–69 corridor documentation, and three public
and (4) other alternatives that may arise and the Black River Bridge in Port information meetings. As a result of
from public input. Public scoping Huron Township, MI and changes to the identified potentially significant
meetings will be held for the project Environmental Impact Statement that impacts, FHWA and MDOT concluded
corridor. As part of the scoping process, was to be prepared for the proposed in 2004 that an Environmental Impact
Federal, State, and local agencies and improvements to the United States Port Statement should be completed. In 2006
officials; private organizations; citizens; of entry Plaza for the Blue Water Bridge after further analysis, it was decided
and interest groups will have an in St. Clair County, Michigan. This that the project could be split into two
opportunity to identify issues of Notice revises the published Notices of environmental documents: and
concern and provide input on the Intent of January 27, 2005 and Environmental Assessment for the I–94/
purpose and need for the project, range November 7, 2006. I–69 corridor improvements and an
of alternatives, methodology, and the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Environmental Impact Statement for the
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development of the EIS. A Coordination Ryan Rizzo, Major Projects Manager, plaza project. In early 2007, after
Plan will be developed to include the Federal Highway Administration, 315 additional consultation with
public in the project development W. Allegan Street, Room 201, Lansing, stakeholders and interested parties, it
process. This plan will utilize the Michigan 48933, Telephone (517) 702– was determined that the two separate
following outreach efforts to provide 1833. studies should be merged into one and

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the I–94/I–69 improvements will be a drivers will be required to comply with review DOT’s complete Privacy Act
part of the Environmental Impact all applicable U.S. laws and regulations, Statement in the Federal Register
Statement. including those concerned with motor published on April 11, 2000 (65 FR
Four plaza and transportation carrier safety, customs, immigration, 19477–78) or you may visit http://
improvement alternatives have been vehicle registration and taxation, and dms.dot.gov.
identified within the recommended fuel taxation. The safety of the Public Participation: The DMS is
study area. Alternatives will include: (1) participating carriers will be tracked available 24 hours each day, 365 days
No-Build Alternative, (2) Township closely by FMCSA and its State each year. You can get electronic
alternative with a secured I–94 corridor, partners, a joint U.S.-Mexico monitoring submission and retrieval help and
(3) City alternative with Pine Grove group, and an evaluation panel guidelines under the ‘‘help’’ section of
Avenue relocated to the east and an independent of the Department of the DMS Web site. Comments received
unsecured I–94 corridor. Transportation (DOT). The resulting after the comment closing date will be
Agency and citizen involvement will data will be considered carefully before included in the docket, and will be
continue to be solicited throughout this further decisions are made concerning considered to the extent practicable.
process. A public hearing will be held the implementation of the NAFTA FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr.
on the Draft Environmental Impact trucking provisions. Milt Schmidt, Division Chief, North
Statement (DEIS). Public notice will be DATES: Comments must be received on American Borders Division, Federal
given of the time and place of the or before May 31, 2007. Motor Carrier Safety Administration,
hearing. The DEIS will be available for ADDRESSES: You may submit comments 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington,
public and agency review and comment identified by DOT DMS Docket Number DC 20590–0001. Telephone (202) 366–
prior to the public hearing. FMCSA–2007–28055 by any of the 4049; e-mail milt.schmidt@dot.gov.
To ensure that the full range of issues following methods: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
related to this proposed action are • Web Site: http://dms.dot.gov.
addressed and all significant issues Background
Follow the instructions for submitting
identified, comments and suggestions comments on the DOT electronic docket Before 1982, Mexico- and Canada-
are invited from all interested parties. site. domiciled motor carriers could apply to
Comments or questions concerning this • Fax: 1–202–493–2251. the Interstate Commerce Commission
proposed action and the EIS should be • Mail: Docket Management Facility, (ICC) for authority to operate within the
directed to the FHWA at the address U.S. Department of Transportation, 400 United States. As a result of complaints
provided above. Seventh Street, SW., Nassif Building, that U.S. motor carriers were not
Issued on: April 20, 2007. Room PL–401, Washington, DC 20590– allowed the same access to Mexican and
James J. Steele, 0001. Canadian markets that carriers from
Division Administrator, Lansing, Michigan. • Hand Delivery: Room PL–401 on those nations enjoyed in this country,
[FR Doc. 07–2112 Filed 4–30–07; 8:45 am] the plaza level of the Nassif Building, the Bus Regulatory Reform Act of 1982
400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, imposed a moratorium on the issuance
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DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., e.t., of new grants of operating authority to
Monday through Friday, except Federal motor carriers domiciled, or owned or
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION holidays. controlled by someone, in Canada or
• Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to Mexico. While the disagreement with
Federal Motor Carrier Safety www.regulations.gov. Follow the online Canada was quickly resolved, the issue
Administration instructions for submitting comments. of trucking reciprocity with Mexico was
Instructions: All submissions must not. Currently, most Mexican carriers
[Docket No. FMCSA–2007–28055] include the Agency name and docket are allowed to operate only within the
number for this notice. For detailed border commercial zones extending
Demonstration Project on NAFTA
instructions on submitting comments approximately 25 miles into the United
Trucking Provisions
and additional information, see the States. Every year Mexico-domiciled
AGENCY: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Public Participation heading below. commercial motor vehicles (CMVs)
Administration (FMCSA), DOT. Note that all comments received will be cross into the U.S. about 4.5 million
ACTION: Notice; request for public posted without change to http:// times. U.S.-domiciled motor carriers are
comment. dms.dot.gov, including any personal not authorized to operate in Mexico at
information provided. Please see the all.
SUMMARY: FMCSA announces the Privacy Act heading below. Trucking issues at the U.S./Mexico
initiation of a project to demonstrate the Docket: For access to the docket to border were not fully addressed until
ability of Mexico-based motor carriers to read background documents or NAFTA in the early 1990s, when both
operate safely in the United States comments received, go to http:// nations agreed to change their policies.
beyond the commercial zones along the dms.dot.gov at any time or to Room PL– NAFTA required the United States
U.S.-Mexico border. The project is part 401 on the plaza level of the Nassif incrementally to lift the moratorium on
of FMCSA’s implementation of the Building, 400 Seventh Street, SW., licensing Mexico-domiciled motor
North American Free Trade Agreement Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and carriers to operate beyond the border
(NAFTA) cross-border trucking 5 p.m., e.t., Monday through Friday, zones. On January 1, 1994, the President
provisions. The demonstration project except Federal holidays. modified the moratorium and the ICC
will allow up to 100 Mexico-domiciled Privacy Act: Anyone is able to search began accepting applications from
motor carriers to operate throughout the the electronic form of all comments Mexico-domiciled passenger carriers to
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United States for one year. Up to 100 received into any of our dockets by the conduct international charter and tour
U.S.-domiciled motor carriers will be name of the individual submitting the bus operations in the United States. In
granted reciprocal rights to operate in comment (or signing the comment, if December 1995, the ICC published a
Mexico for the same period. submitted on behalf of an association, rule and a revised application form for
Participating Mexican carriers and business, labor union, etc.). You may the processing of Mexico-domiciled

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