Check out: Title 42 U.S.C. § 1983. U.S.C. means: “United States Code”. The 42 means book number 42 of the United States Code set of books & the symbol § means Section. 42 U.S.C. §1983 covers the Deprivation of Civil Rights Under Color of Law. It reads: “Every person who, under color or any statute, ordinance, regulation, custom or usage, of any State of Territory, subjects … any citizen of the United States … to the deprivation of any rights, privileges or immunities secured by the Constitution and laws, shall be liable to the party injured in an action at law, suit in equity, or other proper proceeding for redress.”
There’s an additional element, Section 1988 that covers a conspiracy to deprive people of their Civil Rights Under Color of Law means that if two or more government people try to work together to deprive someone of their property rights they may be in violation of 42 U.S.C. §1983.
That means if a township tries to keep the information that the land on which SEPTA has their tracks belongs to the property owner or owners along the tracks they may be found guilty of violating the owners property rights, i.e., the civil right to the use and sale of their property.
Railroads who have used someone’s property on which to construct a railroad do not own the land under the railroads right-of-way; they only have an easement for a specific purpose. When this specific use is extinguished, e.g., the railroad is abandoned, the land reverts back to the property owner, free of encumbrance or easement. This is a well established constitutional and statutory precedence in all 50 states.
“43 C.F.R. § 2842(a) A railroad company to which a right-of-way is granted does not secure a full and complete title to the land on which the right-of-way is located. It obtains only the right to use the land for the purposes of which it is granted and for no other purpose….”…..developing….