- Right-of-way (transportation)
A right-of-way is a strip of land that is granted – through an
easementor other mechanism – for transportationpurposes, such as for a rail lineor highway. In the case of an easement, it may revert to its original owners if the facility is abandoned.
United States, railroad rights-of-way are considered private property by the respective railroad owners and by applicable state laws. Most U.S. railroads employ their own police forces, who can arrest and prosecute trespassers found on their rights-of-way.
United Kingdom, railway companies received the right to resume land for a right-of-way by a private act of Parliament.
Uses other than rail transport
Railroad rights-of-way need not exclusively be for railroad tracks and related equipment.
Easementsare frequently given to permit the laying of communication cables (such as optical fiber) or natural gaspipelines, or to run electric power transmissionlines overhead.
Some railroad rights-of-way include recreational
2003 Abbeville, South Carolina right-of-way standoff
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