Court: Oklahoma rail crossing law violates federal authority
January 12, 2022
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal appeals court has found that Oklahoma's law creating a 10-minute limit on trains blocking city streets violates the federal government's authority.
"Exclusive jurisdiction over transportation by rail carriers and the operation of tracks or facilities, including side tracks" rests with the federal Surface Transportation Board under the Interstate Commerce Commission Termination Act, according to Tuesday's ruling by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
The decision upholds a 2020 ruling by a federal judge in Oklahoma that the law was unconstitutional.