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31 NCHRP 37-10 RAIL CORRIDOR PRESERVATION (1) Have you engaged in efforts to preserve threatened rail rights-of-way? 18 YesâContinue to Question 2 12 NoâThank you. Please proceed to the âRail Corridor Restorationâ section of this survey. (2) How many threatened rail corridors have you tried to preserve? Average 6.3 from all responders saying âyesâ on Question 1. (3) How many threatened rail corridors have you succeeded in preserving? Average 5.7 from all responders saying âyesâ on Question 1. (4) For preserved corridors Average 3.1 Number of lines where local freight service was continued Average 1.2 Number of corridors that were ârailbankedâ with no interim use Average 1.3 Number of corridors that were converted to recreational use Average 0.1 Other (describe). (5) Why have you attempted to preserve rail rights-of-way? (Total affirmative votes from all responders saying âyesâ on Question 1.) 8 Local rail freight service preservation 9 Recreational value for trail/bike use Need for future use as a transportation corridor (specify): 1 Highway 7 Local freight rail service 2 Through (long distance) freight service capacity 7 Passenger rail/transit (6) Was a need for the subject rail alignments identified formally in state or metropolitan transportation plans? 8 Yes 7 No 3 No response (7) Rate the following elements and their importance to success of your preservation efforts. 10 = Critical 0 = No importance at all (average rating) 5.2 Formal state corridor preservation policy 5.0 Federal rails to trails legislation 3.0 Financial contributions from local rail users 5.0 Financial contributions from local public agencies 6.4 Financial contributions from state agencies 6.2 Financial contributions from federal sources 3.9 Financial commitments from prospective rail operators 4.0 Rail shipper/receiver carload commitments 5.0 Support from trail or recreational interest groups 1.0 Other (specify) APPENDIX C Survey Response Summary