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Preserving Freight and Passenger Rail Corridors and Service (2007)

Chapter: Appendix C - Survey Response Summary

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Suggested Citation:"Appendix C - Survey Response Summary." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2007. Preserving Freight and Passenger Rail Corridors and Service. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/14115.
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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 Yes—Continue to Question 2 12 No—Thank you. Please proceed to the “Rail Corridor Restoration” section of this survey. (2) How many threatened rail corridors have you tried to preserve? Average 6.3 from all responders saying “yes” on Question 1. (3) How many threatened rail corridors have you succeeded in preserving? Average 5.7 from all responders saying “yes” 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 “railbanked” 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 “yes” 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

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TRB's National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Synthesis 374: Preserving Freight and Passenger Rail Corridors and Service explores issues associated with the retention of railroad rights-of-way or restoration of rail services.

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