Abandoned railroad rights of way are becoming more numerous in the wake of the 4R Act and easing of government regulatory processes. While state transportation departments usually have first option for continued railroad use, these lineal strips should then be looked at by utilities as potential right of way for electric and gas transmission. Among problems are protracted abandonment procedures, difficulty in obtaining clear title after often more than a century of railroad use, and consideration of adjoining owners. How a Michigan utility obtained an abandoned 160-mile route is described. Railroads need to alter their title procedures, act promptly on property sales, and make sure that utilities know of availability of such property well in advance.

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    International Right of Way Association

    6133 Bristol Parkway, Suite 270
    Culver City, CA  United States  90230
  • Authors:
    • Reid, W L
  • Publication Date: 1980-5

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 25-26
  • Serial:
    • Right of Way
    • Publisher: International Right of Way Association
    • ISSN: 0035-5275

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00315011
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 27 1980 12:00AM