Relocation for consolidation of railroad facilities in urban areas offers a potential for achieving significant benefits from eliminating delays and accidents at grade crossings, environmental degradation near the railroad, and social and economic barriers and from improving the efficiency of railroad operations. However, the impacts of railroad relocation are distributed widely throughout a community, and any real improvement in the community and railroad system will require careful and comprehensive planning. This paper describes a planning procedure and guidebook developed to help community leaders organize and manage the planning process and to provide a consistent framework for developing and analyzing the costs and benefits of alternatives. The project team found that the analytical procedure was effective when used at the proper level of detail to support the decisions to be made as a result of the current study. They also found that the evaluation of projects with significant nonmonetary benefits is difficult, despite the organization of the benefits that can be valued or measured. This paper illustrates the application of these procedures and the guidebook to the problem of railroad relocation in the city of Lafayette, Indiana.

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 15-27
  • Monograph Title: Measures of effectiveness, railroad-highway grade crossings and visibility
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00134865
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309024722
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Sep 4 1976 12:00AM