track·​age ˈtra-kij How to pronounce trackage (audio)
: lines of railway track
: a right to use the tracks of another railroad line
: the charge for such right

Examples of trackage in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Baltimore Transit Company (BTC) annual report of May 1960 tells a revelatory tale about how public transit in Baltimore was treated 60 years ago, when there were still 101 individual streetcars operating on 56 miles of trackage. Jacques Kelly,, 12 Sep. 2020 The rail lines have different owners but railroad companies frequently share trackage rights, said Tom Crosson, a spokesman for Norfolk Southern. Andy Peters, ajc, 23 Nov. 2021 The trip covers most of the current operating trackage of the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. Jessica Poitevien, Travel + Leisure, 6 Oct. 2020 China’s government was using manual labor to maintain its railway system’s trackage. WSJ, 7 Aug. 2020 Caltrain already has benefited from this approach to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars for electrification on the premise that, at some point in the future, high-speed trains would use the same trackage. John Horgan, The Mercury News, 11 Sep. 2019 The commission said then there were signs that lack of competition in interconnection and trackage rights, which is allowing use of tracks by other operators, had restricted access to lines and pushed up freight costs. Anthony Harrup, WSJ, 8 Mar. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1880, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of trackage was in 1880

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“Trackage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

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