2005 Washington Revised Code RCW 79A.05.125: Cross-state trail — Rail line franchise negotiations by department of transportation. (Contingent expiration date.)

    (1) The department of transportation shall negotiate a franchise with a rail carrier to establish and maintain a rail line over portions of the Milwaukee Road corridor owned by the state between Ellensburg and Lind. The department of transportation may negotiate such a franchise with any qualified rail carrier. Criteria for negotiating the franchise and establishing the right of way include:

    (a) Assurances that resources from the franchise will be sufficient to compensate the state for use of the property, including completion of a cross-state trail between Easton and the Idaho border;

    (b) Types of payment for use of the franchise, including payment for the use of federally granted trust lands in the transportation corridor;

    (c) Standards for maintenance of the line;

    (d) Provisions ensuring that both the conventional and intermodal rail service needs of local shippers are met. Such accommodations may comprise agreements with the franchisee to offer or maintain adequate service or to provide service by other carriers at commercially reasonable rates;

    (e) Provisions requiring the franchisee, upon reasonable request of any other rail operator, to provide rail service and interchange freight over what is commonly known as the Stampede Pass rail line from Cle Elum to Auburn at commercially reasonable rates;

    (f) If any part of the franchise agreement is invalidated by actions or rulings of the federal surface transportation board or a court of competent jurisdiction, the remaining portions of the franchise agreement are not affected;

    (g) Compliance with environmental standards; and

    (h) Provisions for insurance and the coverage of liability.

    (2) The franchise may provide for periodic review of financial arrangements under the franchise.

    (3) The department of transportation, in consultation with the parks and recreation commission and the senate and house transportation committees, shall negotiate the terms of the franchise, and shall present the agreement to the parks and recreation commission for approval of as to terms and provisions affecting the cross-state trail or affecting the commission.

    (4) This section expires July 1, 2009, if the department of transportation does not enter into a franchise agreement for a rail line over portions of the Milwaukee Road corridor by July 1, 2009.

    [2006 c 160 § 3; 2005 c 319 § 134; 1999 c 301 § 3; 1996 c 129 § 4. Formerly RCW 43.51.113.]

Notes:
         Findings--Intent--Part headings--Effective dates -- 2005 c 319: See notes following RCW 43.17.020.

         Effective date -- 1999 c 301: See note following RCW 79A.05.115.

         Review and approval of franchise -- Report to the legislature: "(1) Before entering into a final agreement to issue a franchise negotiated in accordance with RCW 43.51.113, the department of transportation shall submit the franchise to the legislative transportation committee for review and approval.

    (2) If the department of transportation has not entered into a final agreement to franchise a rail line over portions of the Milwaukee Road corridor by December 1, 1998, a report of the progress and obstacles to such an agreement shall be made. The report shall be submitted by December 15, 1998, to appropriate committees of the legislature." [1996 c 129 § 6.]

         Intent -- Effective date -- Severability -- 1996 c 129: See notes following RCW 79A.05.115.

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