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Railroad Purchase FAQs

How do I make a request to purchase part of an MDOT-owned railroad corridor?
A request to purchase MDOT-owned railroad property can be made to MDOT Real Estate by submitting either a written request, or an application. All such requests should include a detailed description of the requested acquisition area. MDOT does not grant permanent rights on state owned property (easements).

How do I make a request to use a portion of an MDOT-owned railroad corridor?
Submit a request to MDOT's Office of Rail. A request should be accompanied by the appropriate fee and a detailed description of the requested area.

Who do I contact to make a request to use a portion of an MDOT-owned railroad corridor currently managed by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources?
The requestor should first contact the DNR Parks and Recreation Division (PRD), Trail System and Services Section based on the region. 

What is the average length or width of a railroad corridor?
The length or width of railroad corridors can vary greatly from one area to the next.

Does MDOT own all the railroad corridors in the state of Michigan?
MDOT owns hundreds of miles of Michigan railroad corridor, but does not own all of the railroad corridors in the state.

What type of application should I submit?
Permit applications (Form 0772 or Form 1444 for Michigan Line) are most appropriate when the request is for a public utility or a specific need, such as Right of Entry or for construction access. Requests for longer term access or property rights will require an application (Form 0609) for a license or sale. MDOT does not grant permanent rights on state owned property (easements).

Application to Purchase MDOT owned Railroad Property (Form 609)
Request to use MDOT Controlled Railroad Property (Form 0772)
Request to use MDOT Controlled Railroad Property Dearborn to Kalamazoo (Form 1444)

Where can I find railroad crossing permit information?
Visit MDOT's State-Owned Rail Lines webpage for more information on railroad crossing permits.