The railroad companies whose boards of directors authorized the filing of the articles of incorporation of a union terminal company, or assent thereto, as provided by section 4953.01 of the Revised Code, shall each be held to own and be liable to pay an equal proportion of the capital stock, or when such union terminal companies are organized by any number of persons, not less than five, the stock of such company may be acquired and held by the railroad companies which have agreed to use the union depot or terminals of such company, in such proportions as said railroad companies may agree upon. Sections 4955.01 to 4955.06, inclusive, and 4961.01 to 4961.41, inclusive, of the Revised Code authorizing railroad companies to enter upon and appropriate lands and materials for depots, workshops, and sidetracks apply to such union terminal company, whether organized by the presidents of two or more railroad companies or by not less than five individuals. Any municipal corporation or the board of county commissioners of any county in which such company is located, which owns or has charge of any public road, street, alley, way, or ground of any kind, except a public landing, may grant to such union terminal company the right to construct, maintain, and operate elevated, surface, and underground tracks, so far as are necessary to carry out the purpose of said union terminal company, along, over, and under said public road, street, alley, way, or ground, subject to existing laws concerning crossings, the right to erect and maintain therein the necessary tracks, piers, stays, supports, and stations, and the approaches for them, and the right to construct suitable terminals and way stations. Before making such grant said union terminal company shall file with such municipal corporation, or such board of county commissioners in the case of a township, maps showing the location and character of the construction, and said grant shall provide for such manner of construction as will not interfere with the ordinary use of and traffic upon said road, street, alley, way, or ground, whether by pedestrians, vehicles, streetcars, or otherwise, except temporarily when necessary in the construction of such structures. Such grant shall further provide that any tunnel construction shall not impair the stability of any such road, street, alley, way, or ground, or prevent the use of any sewers, water pipes, gas pipes, or conduits used for such purposes, or for telephone or telegraph purposes, in such road, street, alley, way, or ground, except temporarily when necessary in the construction of said tunnels. Said grant can only be made upon such terms as are agreed upon by the legislative authority of the municipal corporation, or by the board of county commissioners in the case of a township, and the company. Such grant shall provide for its acceptance by such union terminal company within the time fixed by such legislative authority or by such board.
Effective Date: 10-01-1953 .