URBAN RAILROAD RELOCATION: NATURE AND MAGNITUDE OF THE PROBLEM AND PLANNING FOR REMEDIAL ACTION -- EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

This executive summary reports the significant findings and recommendations of a project to analyze the nationwide magnitude and nature of urban railroad relocation and prepares a methodology for future relocation studies. Three other volumes report the results in detail. Volume 2 is a guide for preliminary assessment of the potential for planning/ Volume 3 is a detailed quidebook for planning/ and Volume 4 presents a nationwide estimate of the nature and magnitude of urban railroad relocation. The investigators found that there is a conflict between communities and railroad operations that evidences itself in delays and added costs to highway users at grade crossings, hazards to the safety of the community, community barriers, environmental degradation, incompatible land use, and reduced railroad efficiency. Relocation or consolidation of railroad facilities are potential remedies for the conflict. The nationwide cost of relocating railroad lines in all places where there is a potential conflict is estimated at $3 to $11 billion. However, if projects are restricted to locations where substantial benefits accrue, the program will be closer to $2 billion. Railroad yards could also be relocated with substantial benefits, but at an additional nationwide cost of $1 billion. The high cost of individual projects deters communities and railroad companies from undertaking beneficial projects, so financial assistance and incentives are recommended to encourage relocation projects.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Sponsorship was provided by FRA, FHWA.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Stanford Research Institute

    333 Ravenswood Avenue
    Menlo Park, CA  USA  94025
  • Authors:
    • Moon, A E
  • Publication Date: 1975-8

Media Info

  • Pagination: 13 p.
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 1

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00128616
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Federal Railroad Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: RP-31 Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-FR-20037
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 14 1976 12:00AM