Technical Reports

Rerouting and Speed Reduction of Hazardous Material Trains in Selected Conrail Corridors

  • 01
  • Jul
  • 1981
AUTHOR: Matzzie; Caban and Merlino
OFFICE: RPD
REPORT NUMBER: DOT/FRA/TSC-1807
SUBJECT: Hazardous Materials
ABSTRACT: Rerouting and speed reduction of trains carrying hazardous materials shipments are analyzed so as to determine effects on railroad operations and costs and population exposure. A case study format was utilized on two corridors within the Conrail system. Segments of mainline which are in proximity to population concentrations were identified. On those segments, the analysis assumed that hazardous materials traffic would be either prohibited – thus causing rerouting or would be carried at reduced speed. Implications of the two policies (prohibit and reduce speed) are discussed.

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