AVAILABILITY AND USE OF ABANDONED RIGHTS OF WAY. TASK 1. ALTERNATE USE SUITABILITY CRITERIA

As a part of the study under Section 809 (a) (1) of the Railroad Revitalization and Regulatory Reform Act of 1976, an inventory of all railroad rights of way abandoned in the period 1970-1976 was developed. The Act required that all abandonments in the inventory be assessed for alternate use suitability. This task describes the alternate use suitability criteria and discusses the methodology that was used to determine suitable alternate uses for the inventoried abandonments. The methodology includes a comprehensive list of suitable alternate uses that make use of and preserve the linear corridor of the right of way. Twenty-six alternate uses are categorized under conservation/open space, recreation, transportation and utilities. It includes also a physical assessment methodology which combines a ranking of alternate uses and a rating of four key physical suitability characteristics (length, width, land use, and topography) with a decision tree which lists the possible alternate uses for every combination of the four physical characteristics.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Also available in set of 6 reports PC E17, PB-265 991-SET.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Harbridge House, Incorporated

    11 Arlington Street
    Boston, MA  USA  02116

    Department of Transportation

    Office of Environmental Affairs, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  USA  20590
  • Authors:
    • Sieczkowski, S
    • Krauss, J
    • Bysshe, S
  • Publication Date: 1977-1-17

Media Info

  • Pagination: 98 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00154844
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT/TES-77/001 Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-O2-60514
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jun 22 1977 12:00AM