FORWARD THROUGH THE 90S: SELECTED ISSUES IN THE TRANSPORTATION BY RAIL OF HAZARDOUS MATERIALS

Railroads play a major role in meeting the American economy's need to transport large volumes of hazardous materials economically and safely. More than 1.4 million carloads of hazardous materials traverse the railroad network each year, frequently traveling great distances between many different sets of origin and destination points. Although railroads carry these goods with an excellent safety record, even a single hazardous materials release has the potential to damage the environment, endanger thousands of people, or even shut down a city. Because of the risks involved, continuously improving the safety of hazardous materials movement is a key transportation policy objective. This report covers the following topics listed in the table of contents: Rail Safety Enforcement and Review Act; Background; Hazardous Materials Releases and Accidents; The In-Train Placement of Hazardous Materials Cars; An Assessment of the Current Track Standards Relative to Grades and Degrees of Curvature; The Effectiveness of Wayside Bearing Failure Detectors; An Assessment of Railroad Tank Car Rules; Status - Pending Rulemaking Activities; and Status - Rail Hazardous Materials Enforcement Activities.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Federal Railroad Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Publication Date: 1994-9

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices;
  • Pagination: 215 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00961896
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 4 2003 12:00AM