PREPARING FOR RAIL LINE ABANDONMENT: PREDICTION OF FINANCIAL AND LOCATIONAL IMPACTS ON ROADS

The overall purpose of this paper was to report on a study identifying fiscal road impacts resulting from rail line abandonment. Specific objectives of the paper were to: (1) Develop a procedure to allow identification of physical location and financial magnitude of impacts on roads prior to an abandonment; (2) Test the conceptual procedure on past rail line abandonments as case studies; (3) Identify reasons for differing magnitudes of impacts; and (4) Reformulate the procedure and outline problems and implementation. The procedures model developed consisted of five stages, at each of which it was necessary to identify (1) the information needed, (2) its characteristics, and (3) its source. The model was applied in two branch line abandonments in Washington: the Columbia River to Mansfield line in central Washington and the Mt. Hope to Rosalia line in eastern Washington. In summary, the procedure developed, tested and modified in this research effort gives planners the ability to predict damage to roads prior to a rail line abandonment. But, proactive use of this procedure is dependent on continual monitoring by State, County and local personnel of probable rail line abandonments. Without such a "warning," even this procedure is not beneficial to planning. What is also evident from the differing case studies is that the magnitude of damage is heavily dependent on the volume of increased traffic relative to the type of road upon which the traffic will be moved.

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  • Accession Number: 00495730
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 31 1990 12:00AM