R36 Combine Coach wrote:Do Hess and Verizon (fiber optic wire) pay NYSW air rights/lease or user fee for the tunnel ROW?
Perhaps. However, the usual practice for utilities is the purchase of an easement in perpetuity; deals are usually not structured as a lease. There are exceptions such as the utility transmission overbuild on Amtrak's catenary supports that is a leasehold (or maybe a license), probably because the PRR owned the supports versus the utility owning them as in the usual right of way easement for electric transmission.
For the relatively nearby tunnel that is now used by the Lightrail,it's my recollection that PSE&G acquired an easement from Conrail in the 1980's for the installation of the two 230,000 volt transmission circuits that pass through the tunnel.