ISSUES ASSOCIATED WITH LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT USE OF FREIGHT RAILROAD RIGHT-OF-WAY

During the 1980s and early 1990s, through railroad mergers and consolidations, many less profitable and redundant freight rail services were eliminated, making abandoned rail right-of-way available for other uses. During this period, light rail transit (LRT) experienced a resurgence in the United States, and LRT operators became interested in abandoned and active freight railroad properties as locations for investment. The joint use of right-of-way by LRT and freight railroads is an approach being considered for several new light rail projects. These include the New Jersey Waterfront project, Tampa LRT proposal, expansion of the New Orleans waterfront trolley, and extensions in Denver, Dallas, Sacramento, St. Louis, and elsewhere in the United States. Issues pertaining to LRT utilization of freight railroad right-of-way are discussed, and successful LRT/freight joint-use experience in Baltimore, Maryland, and San Diego, California, are described. Regulatory requirements and lessons learned from the transit agencies are reviewed. Observations and recommendations for further research and study are made.

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 147-153
  • Monograph Title: SEVENTH NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT, BALTIMORE, MARYLAND, NOVEMBER 12-15, 1995. VOLUME 1
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00716773
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309061520
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Jan 30 1996 12:00AM