Wis. Admin. Code Department of Transportation § Trans 31.04 - Contents of an application

Current through March 28, 2022

(1) All applications for operation of an excursion train shall contain all of the following:
(a) The name and address of the sponsor and the name and daytime telephone and facsimile number of a representative of the sponsor.
(b) The dates proposed for operation.
(c) All locations to be used for loading and unloading passengers.
(d) The number of trips to be conducted on each day proposed for operation from each loading point.
(e) The specific type of motive power for railroad equipment to be used, for example, steam, diesel or gas.
(f) The policy concerning advance sale of tickets, including cancellation and refund.
(g) The proposed maximum speed of operation.
(h) A certified statement from the operator, or from the sponsor if there is not an operator, that states all of the following:
1. The track to be used is in compliance with the FRA track safety standards for class 1 track, or track rehabilitated to a higher standard.
2. All active grade-crossing warning devices are functional and can be operated by the equipment proposed to be used unless BR&H waives this requirement in writing on the permit.
3. All on-going track, signal and equipment inspections will be performed as required, and current FRA roadway worker safety rules are enforced at all times.
4. The equipment and bridges to be used are in compliance with applicable FRA requirements, state laws and this chapter.
5. Other powered or non-powered vehicles operating as excursion trains are in compliance with the North American railcar operators association latest book of rules, and motorcar inspection reports for each vehicle are available.
6. All at-grade crossings are in full compliance with the requirements in s. 195.29(6), Stats.
(i) A copy of the certificate of insurance evidencing general liability coverage in the minimum amount of $5 million. The certificate shall name the department and commission, if any, as additional insureds.

Note: An operator may require additional insurance.

(j) A description of the sponsor's plans for handling all of the following:
1. Parking, including written authorization to use any publicly or privately-owned property.
2. Cleanup of parking, loading and unloading areas.
3. Medical emergencies which may arise during the excursion.
4. Continued maintenance of track, bridges, warning devices and equipment.
5. Control of vegetation.
6. Service and storage of railroad equipment on state-owned railroad property.
7. Environmental protection and clean-up procedures, including petroleum spills and scrap tie disposal.
8. Handling and disposal of human waste. Human waste may not be discharged onto the track.
(k) Evidence of the ability to refund advance ticket sales by one of the following means:
1. An escrow account with a Wisconsin financial institution for the deposit of all advance ticket sales.
2. A financial instrument from a Wisconsin financial institution in an amount sufficient to refund the expected advance payments for service in the event that the excursion is not operated for any reason.
3. Sponsors who are municipalities may provide a written record of an official action of the municipality's governing body assuming the obligation to make refunds when necessary, in lieu of an escrow account or a financial instrument.
(l) The appropriate fee specified in s. Trans 31.03(3).
(m) An operator's statement that it concurs with the proposed operation, if the sponsor is not the operator.
(n) A statement that the operator and sponsor agree to pay any claim for any bodily injury or property damage resulting from operation under the permit for which the operator or sponsor are legally responsible; and that the operator and sponsor will indemnify and hold harmless the state, its subdivisions, officers, employees and agents from any claim which may arise from operation under the permit.
(a) The first application submitted by a sponsor shall include a business plan in addition to the items in sub. (1). The business plan shall cover a period of 2 full fiscal years plus the portion of the operator's fiscal year remaining as of the date of the proposed operation. The business plan shall include all of the following:
1. Pro forma balance sheet, including budgeted costs for inspections, maintenance, equipment and improvements.
2. Pro forma income statement.
3. Pro forma sources and uses statement.
4. Marketing plan.
(b) Applications for a permit for subsequent years may not be required to include a business plan, if the operations proposed are similar to the operations described in the initial permit application.


Wis. Admin. Code Department of Transportation § Trans 31.04
Cr. Register, June, 1995, No. 474, eff. 7-1-95; am. (1) (a), (e) (intro.), (h) 1. to 3., (2) (a) (intro.), and 1., r. (1) (e) 1. to 5., r. and recr. (1) (h) 5., cr. (1) (h) 6., (j) 4. to 8. and (n), Register, May, 1999, No. 521, eff. 6-1-99.

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