The article describes how cities, in efforts to improve urban transportation systems, are turning to rail transit. In this effort, cities are utilizing existing right-o-way and long abondoned freight rails instead of buying land and disrupting neighborhoods. Such efforts in Portland, Oregon, Los Angeles, and the Tri-Rail project in Florida are described. Part of Los Angeles' long-range mass-transit plan will incorporate 250 miles of existing freight lines. Issues involved in sharing tracks are discussed. An innovative use of existing right-of-way in St Louis is described. The city's Bi-State Development Agency has swapped bridges with the Terminal Railroad Association to acquire land for the Metro Link light rail. The bridge, a tunnel and 14 miles of right-of-way represents the city's contribution to the 75% federal-25% local funding requirement; i.e. the land is being used as a 'gift-in'kind,' in lieu of hard cash.

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  • Accession Number: 00618493
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jan 31 1992 12:00AM