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  1. Pullman2tupper says

    Save time and legal expense. Just make Iowa Pacific an offer they can’t refuse and convert the line to a trail. IP would love to redeploy the cars to areas where they have demand, such as scheduled passenger service in Indiana and Oklahoma.

  2. Molly says

    The authority of FRA, as a delegate of the Secretary of Transportation, to regulate railroads arises from title 49 of the United States Code, section 20103, which gives the agency plenary authority over “every area of railroad safety.” 49 U.S.C. § 20103; 49 C.F.R. § 1.49. The term “railroad” is defined by the Act as “any form of nonhighway ground transportation that runs on rails or electromagnetic guideways . . . .” 49 U.S.C. § 20102(2)(A). The definition excludes only rapid transit systems that operate in urban areas and are not connected to the general railroad system of transportation (general system). 49 U.S.C. § 20102(2)(B). The term “general railroad system of transportation” is defined at Appendix A to 49 C.F.R. Part 209 as: “the network of standard gage track over which goods may be transported throughout the nation

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