United States Code

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§ 55117.
Great Lakes rail route
Section 55102 of this title does not apply to the transportation of merchandise loaded on a railroad car or to a motor vehicle with or without a trailer, and with its passengers or contents when accompanied by the operator, when the railroad car or motor vehicle is transported in a railroad car ferry operated between fixed terminals on the Great Lakes as part of a rail route, if—
(1)
the car ferry is owned by a common carrier by water and operated as part of a rail route with the approval of the Surface Transportation Board;
(2)
the stock of the common carrier by water, or its predecessor, was owned or controlled by a common carrier by rail prior to June 5, 1920;
(3)
the stock of the common carrier owning the car ferry is, with the approval of the Board, now owned or controlled by a common carrier by rail; and
(4)
the car ferry is built in and documented under the laws of the United States.
(Pub. L. 109–304, § 8(c), Oct. 6, 2006, 120 Stat. 1640.)
cite as: 46 USC 55117