CAP RAIL CORRIDOR
The Colfax-Albion-Pullman Rail (CAP) Corridor is not currently needed for rail traffic. Washington State owns the corridor right-of-way.
WHAT SHOULD BE DONE WITH IT?
Option 1: Railbanking
The corridor is "banked" via the federal railbanking program for future rail use. This option preserves the rail corridor while allowing it to be used as an interim trail until it is brought back to rail service. Maintenance becomes the responsibility of the railbanking entity (a non-profit or governmental agency).
Option 2: Abandon & Disposal of Corridor
The corridor is officially abandoned through the federal Surface Transportation Board (STB) and the land is moves into the private sector either via reversionary rights of adjacent landowners (per property deeds) or via dispensation by the state.
Option 3: File for Discontinuance of Service and retain state ownership
This option allows the rail carrier to be relieved of maintence costs and obligations. The state assumes the responsibility and expense for maintaining the property. The corridor is not available for public use.