Technical Reports

Catalog of "Common Use" Rail Corridors

  • 01
  • Apr
  • 2003
AUTHOR: Federal Railroad Administration
SUBJECT: Track, Tracks & Structures, Track/Train Interactions
KEYWORDS: Heavy axle load, stiffness,
ABSTRACT: This report is a catalog of 'common use' rail corridors. These are defined as corridors where non-Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)-compliant light rail or rail rapid transit vehicles operate adjacent to, or on track shared with, rail freight or passenger operations coming under FRA safety regulations. Three types of common corridors are defined: shared corridor (track centers 25 to 200 feet apart); shared right of way (track centers less than 25 feet); and shared track. All common use corridors in the U.S. now in operation or under construction are described, with maps and photographs. Information includes length of corridor, operating speed, traffic density and safety notification procedures.