The USDOT Notice of Proposed Rule Making officially appeared in the Federal Register on October 31, 2005 at Vol 70, No. 209 at Page 62288-62292. Thanks to Jim Bognar for the heads up. I understood Jim to suggest the Register version contained some information not in the version at the USDOT website. I glanced at the new one very, very quickly and didn’t spot the additional information.
The South Bend Tribune has a story SouthBendTribune.com: Officials reviewing other counties’ petitions. The jist of that was that Marshall County Commissioners were frustrated at the process. They felt their submission was adequate and that it made no sense to split them off from St. Joseph County. There seems to be a sense that their efforts are futile.
There was also some indication that St. Joseph County would reconsider its petition. Jim advised me that they voted 2 to 1 to leave their decision alone. I’d post some links, but duty calls.