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Hi all!

In my history class today we started disscussing the SMART train/ freight line. (dont ask me how we started, although I was pretty happy).

My teacher made a real good point in saying because SMART isn't even going to start until 2014, if even then, why cant they let the NWP/NCRA run freight over the line until say 2013, when during that year the discuss operating agreements. A because SMART is 350 mil. short, they could charge the NCRA for operating over their line, say anywere from $500 to $1,000 a month/two months.

I just though I'd try to get some opinions on a rail-based site, and I was just wondering if this was even leagle/possible...

-Chad G.

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Comment by Mike Davis on June 6, 2011 at 11:07am
I heard from somewhere that the FRA is going to get help from a judge to force SMART to allow frieght trains to run because the freight company spent federal money to get the line repaired. I can't remember wher I heard this so you will have to look into it.
Comment by Chad Gustafson on November 6, 2010 at 8:44am
I'm confused about it to... It seems to me like NCRA puts so much money into rehabing the track and then SMART wont let them operate on it...
I agree, I hope the FRA will let the NWP operate again over SMART
Comment by Joseph Muller on November 5, 2010 at 11:52pm
I'm still a bit confused on the whole ownership of everything, as that dictates who can charge whom for operating rights. Apparently SMART can lease their right-of-way (Healdsburg south to Ignacio, possibly Sausalito) to either the operator (NWP Co.) or agency (NCRA). However, they only hold property rights and a passenger easement - NCRA has the exclusive right to a freight easement (which is mandated to serve industry due to common-carrier status). My hope is that someone from the FRA will keep SMART from effectively withholding service to rail customers. Now if SMART coordinated with NCRA for track upgrades, I bet they could save a ton of money!

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