We feel like we read this story over and over again: Yesterday, the High Line park project got the OK from some group or another, which will allow it to move forward, at least until it needs approval from some other group at some other point. So: Woo-hoo, for now.
On Monday, the federal Surface Transportation Board issued the city what is called a "certificate of interim trail use." That, in effect, permits the city to remove the segment of unused rail line from the national railway grid.Got that? Even when it's all done, the feds can still decide to pull the plug. At least we'll have the pretty pictures on the Times website.
Under the terms of a federal rail-preservation law, such an "interim" use could be revoked in the future should the Surface Transportation Board decide the rail line is again needed, though such revocations are rare.