The Railroad Authority currently owns 43 miles of corridors, seven sites suitable for future park-and-rides, stations, or transit-oriented development; and two railroad depots.
The corridors (PDF) include:
Although acquired for future transportation needs, recreational trails have been constructed on these corridors as an interim use. In 2008, with the construction of the the Dakota Rail and Northeast Diagonal corridors, all 43 miles of corridors are devoted to interim use.
Land use permits may be granted for certain non-exclusive uses of HCRRA land, such as minor utility installations, public events, landscaping improvements and more.
Permits will not be granted for storage, placement of equipment, structures such as fences and sheds, parking, dumping of waste — including landscaping waste or grass clippings — or patios or other impervious surfaces. HCRRA land should not be used for any of these items, nor should it be used for the storage of recreational equipment, motor vehicles, trailers or boats.
People with property adjacent to HCRRA land may request permits for landscaping improvements. Any improvements to HCRRA land must be approved by HCRRA and should focus on benefiting wildlife and pollinators and improving water quality.
Landscaping improvements should emphasize native plantings that have deep roots and are drought resistant, as well as trees and shrubs that provide shade and protection for wildlife habitats and reduce soil erosion. Ideally, landscaping should use different types of plantings, trees and shrubs to reduce disease risk, for seasonal interest and to enhance habitats. HCRRA can provide information about these improvements upon request at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do not undertake any landscaping or other improvements until after receiving a permit. HCRRA may remove any unauthorized use at the violator’s expense.
Submit a permit request.