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2007 Florida Statutes

Definitions; ss. 341.302 and 341.303.
Section 341.301, Florida Statutes 2007

341.301  Definitions; ss. 341.302 and 341.303.--As used in ss. 341.302 and 341.303, the term:

(1)  "Branch line continuance project" means a project that involves branch line rehabilitation, new connecting track, rail banking, and other similar types of projects, including those specifically identified in the federal Railroad Revitalization and Regulatory Reform Act of 1976, and subsequent amendments to that act.

(2)  "Intercity rail transportation system" means the network of railroad facilities used or available for interstate and intrastate passenger and freight operations by railroads, whether or not on a schedule or whether or not restricted.

(3)  "Rail programs" means those programs administered by the state or other governmental entities which involve projects affecting the movement of people or goods by rail lines that have been or will be constructed to serve freight or passenger markets within a city or between cities.

(4)  "Rail service development project" means a project undertaken by a public agency to determine whether a new or innovative technique or measure can be utilized to improve or expand rail service. The duration of the project funding shall be limited according to the type of project and in no case shall exceed 3 years. Rail service development projects include those projects and other actions undertaken to enhance railroad operating efficiency or increased rail service, including measures that result in improved speed profiles, operations, or technological applications that lead to reductions in operating costs and increases in productivity or service.

(5)  "Railroad" or "rail system" means any common carrier fixed-guideway transportation system such as the conventional steel rail-supported, steel-wheeled system. The term does not include a high-speed rail line developed by the Department of Transportation pursuant to ss. 341.8201-341.842.

(6)  "Railroad capital improvement project" means a project identified by the rail component of the Florida Transportation Plan, which project involves the leasing, acquisition, design, construction, reconstruction, or improvement to the existing intercity rail transportation system or future segments thereof, including such items as locomotives and other rolling stock, tracks, terminals, and rights-of-way for the continuance or expansion of rail service as necessary to ensure the continued effectiveness of the state's rail facilities and systems in meeting mobility and industrial development needs.

(7)  "Train" means any locomotive engine that is powered by diesel fuel, electricity, or other means, with or without cars coupled thereto, and operated upon a railroad track or any other form of fixed guideway, except that the term does not include a light rail vehicle such as a streetcar or people mover.

History.--s. 1, ch. 84-333; s. 38, ch. 86-243; s. 42, ch. 95-143; s. 32, ch. 2004-5.