27:5G-8. Assignment of jurisdiction
a. The commissioner shall, within six months of the effective date of this act, and following a public hearing, adopt as a regulation under the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L. 1968, c. 410 (C. 52:14B-1 et seq.), a procedure for the assignment of jurisdiction over railroad overhead bridges to public entities. Public entity includes but is not limited to any officers, department, board, commission, division, agency, authority or instrumentality of the State or of any county or municipality. The regulation shall provide a procedure, in conformity with the "Administrative Procedure Act," under which all parties affected by the assignment may present evidence. The regulation shall also provide that each assignment shall be made by written order of the commissioner. The commissioner may, pursuant to the "Administrative Procedure Act," adopt other rules and regulations necessary to effectuate the purposes of this act.
b. In the case of all railroad overhead bridges other than bridges carrying State highways, the commissioner shall not make an order assigning jurisdiction unless:
(1) the bridge is the subject of an improvement project financed in whole or in part by State funds, in which case the commissioner may make the order contingent upon satisfactory completion of work; or
(2) the order assigns jurisdiction to a party who has requested jurisdiction over the bridge by written petition to the commissioner; or
(3) the commissioner determines it to be in the public interest to accept a written petition for assignment from an affected party other than the party to whom jurisdiction would be otherwise assigned pursuant to section 6 of this act and the commissioner further determines that the bridge is in good repair.
L. 1988, c. 171, s. 4.
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