All railroad companies desiring the use of any railroad bridge built in accordance with the provisions of sections
498 of this title, shall be entitled to equal rights and privileges relative to the passage of railway trains or cars over the same and over the approaches thereto upon payment of a reasonable compensation for such use; and in case of any disagreement between the parties in regard to the terms of such use or the sums to be paid all matters at issue shall be determined by the Secretary of Transportation upon hearing the allegations and proofs submitted to him.
1983—Pub. L. 97–449substituted “Secretary of Transportation” for “Secretary of War”. See Transfer of Functions note below.
Transfer of Functions
Functions, powers, and duties of Secretary of the Army [formerly War] and other offices and officers of Department of the Army [formerly War] under this section to extent that they relate generally to location and clearances of bridges and causeways in navigable waters of United States transferred to and vested in Secretary of Transportation by Pub. L. 89–670, § 6(g)(6)(B),Oct. 15, 1966, 80 Stat. 941. Pub. L. 97–449amended this section to reflect transfer made by section 6(g)(6)(B) ofPub. L. 89–670, and repealed section
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