2016 Mississippi Code
Title 19 - Counties and County Officers
Chapter 29 - Local and Regional Railroad Authorities
§ 19-29-5. Definitions

MS Code § 19-29-5 (2016) What's This?

As used in this chapter, unless the context otherwise indicates, the following terms shall have the meanings respectively ascribed to them in this section:

(a) "Act" means the railroad authorities law.

(b) "Authority" or "railroad authority" means any of the public bodies corporate and politic created pursuant to this chapter or any law amendatory or supplemental thereto.

(c) "Bonds" means any bonds, notes, interim certificates, debentures or similar obligations issued by an authority pursuant to this chapter.

(d) "Federal government" means the United States of America or any department, division, commission or agency and instrumentality thereof, including the department of transportation and the interstate commerce commission.

(e) "Governing body" means the board of commissioners of the authority.

(f) "Person" means individuals, corporations, partnerships or foreign domestic associations.

(g) "Railroad" means a common carrier by railroad as defined in section 1(3) of Part I of the Interstate Commerce Act (49 U.S.C.S., Section 1(3)).

(h) "Railroad properties and facilities" means any real or personal property or interest in such property which is owned, leased or otherwise controlled by a railroad or other person, including an authority, and which are used or are useful in rail transportation service, including:

(i) Track, roadbed and related structures, including rail, ties, ballast, other track materials, grading, tunnels, bridges, tressels, culverts, elevated structures, stations, office buildings used for operating purposes only, repair shops, engine houses and public improvements used or usable for rail service operation;

(ii) Communication and power transmission systems for use by railroads;

(iii) Signals, including signals and interlockers;

(iv) Terminal or yard facilities and services to express company and railroads and their shippers, including ferries, tugs, car floats and related shoreside facilities designed for the transportation of equipment by water;

(v) Shop or repair facilities or any other property used or capable of being used in rail freight transportation services or in connection with such services or for originating, terminating, improving and expediting the movement of equipment or goods.

(i) "Rail service" means both freight and passenger railroad service.

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