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Invitation for Proposals to Purchase State-owned Rail Lines


Location
South Dakota
Publication Date
09/19/2019 01:12 PM EDT
Closing Date
11/21/2019 01:00 AM EST
Issuing Organization
State of South Dakota - Department of Transportation
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Description

Because of the Milwaukee Road embargo in 1980, South Dakota was confronted with the loss of over fifty percent of its total operating rail mileage. The Department analyzed each line individually and identified the essential rail lines vital to the economy of South Dakota. Some of the embargoed essential lines were purchased by other railroads and service was restored. The remaining essential lines for which a private solution could not be found were purchased by the State of South Dakota. Since the Department’s acquisition of the Lines, service has been restored to most of the lines. Most of the state-owned lines also enjoy access to major rail carriers, including overhead trackage/haulage rights and/or interchange rights depending on the rail line.

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