2022 Code of Alabama
Title 37 - Public Utilities and Public Transportation.
Chapter 10A - Alabama Shortline Railroad Infrastructure Rehabilitation Act.
Section 37-10A-1 - Legislative Findings.
The Legislature makes the following findings and statements regarding the need for shortline railroad rehabilitation in Alabama:
(1) Shortline railroads are an integral part of Alabama's total transportation network; however, lack of funding for railroads places Alabama in a less competitive position with the shortline railroads of other states and regions for potential industrial development projects.
(2) The opportunities for economic development and growth would be greatly enhanced by the proper rehabilitation and upgrading of shortline railroads.
(3) The proper maintenance and improvement of the shortline railroad routes would help preserve critical growth corridors for future needs of transportation and other possible uses such as communication, commerce, public transit, or highways.
(Act 2008-382, p. 711, §1.)