Railroad bridges and tunnels: federal role in providing safety oversight and freight infrastructure investment could be better targeted: report to Congressional requesters

Freight railroads account for over 40 percent (by weight) of the nation's freight on a privately owned network that was largely built almost 100 years ago and includes over 76,000 railroad bridges and over 800 tunnels. As requested, GAO provides information on this infrastructure, addressing (1) the information that is available on the condition of railroad bridges and tunnels and on their contribution to railroad congestion, (2) the federal role in overseeing railroad bridge and tunnel safety, (3) the current uses of public funds for railroad infrastructure investments, and (4) criteria and a framework for guiding any future federal role in freight infrastructure investments. GAO reviewed federal bridge safety guidelines and reports, conducted site visits, and interviewed federal, state, railroad, and other officials.

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    United States. Government Accountability Office

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    United States. Government Accountability Office

  • Publication Date: 2007-8


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  • Pagination: 65p

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  • Accession Number: 01387086
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Report/Paper Numbers: GAO-07-770
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 22 2012 10:04PM