And the decision isn’t good for those who want to convert them into riding/walking/nature trails.
In an 8-1 decision, the Supreme Court upheld a 1940’s Supreme Court decision that the U.S. Congress granted only an “easement” onto public and private property for the specific use as a railroad and no other use/claim can be made by the US Government.
Besides the absurdity of anyone fighting US Congress and US Supreme Court actions in the past is the fact that the WSJ article mentioned that the US Justice Department is reviewing the decision – why? The matter is decided unless they wish to ignore the Supreme Court and Congress – but why stop now!
WSJ, 3-11-2014, A11