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Riverport Railroad to obtain line from Illinois redevelopment agency


Riverport Railroad L.L.C. recently filed an exemption notice with the Surface Transportation Board to acquire a 50-mile line from the Jo-Davies/Carroll County Local Redevelopment Authority.

Since beginning operations in 1999, Riverport has been leasing and operating the line — located at the former U.S. Army ammunition depot near Savanna, Ill., and adjacent to a Burlington Northern Santa Fe mainline — per an agreement with the authority. The transaction will enable the 68-mile short line to obtain ownership of the line.

Riverport and authority officials expect to close the deal by month's end.

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