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December 14, 2011 at 8:21 PM

Judge tosses suit over Eastside rail corridor

A King County Superior Court judge has rejected a lawsuit claiming the Port of Seattle exceeded its authority when it bought the Renton-to-Snohomish Eastside Rail Corridor from BNSF Railway in 2009.

Judge Beth Andrus on Friday rejected the claim by Arthur Lane, John Allerton and Kenneth Gorohoff that the $81 million purchase was illegal because the corridor can’t move intermodal cargo in and out of existing Port facilities.

Andrus concluded the law doesn’t require the rail line be linked to existing Port facilities, only that it carry cargo from within King County to an interstate rail line. The Port has granted a short-haul railroad the right to carry freight between Woodinville and BNSF’s interstate line at Snohomish.

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