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Railroad bridges and tunnels : federal role in providing safety oversight and freight infrastructure investment could be better targeted : report to Congressional requesters
  • Published Date:
    2007-08-01
  • Language:
    English
Filetype[PDF-4.76 MB]


Details:
  • Publication/ Report Number:
    GAO-07-770 ; NTIS-PB2007112672 ;
  • Resource Type:
  • Geographical Coverage:
  • TRIS Online Accession Number:
    1076992
  • NTL Classification:
    NTL-RAIL TRANSPORTATION-RAIL TRANSPORTATIONNTL-RAIL TRANSPORTATION-Rail Planning and Policy ; NTL-FREIGHT-Freight Planning and Policy ;
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  • Abstract:
    Freight railroads account for over 40 percent (by weight) of the nation’s freight on a privately owned network that was largely built almost 100 years ago and includes over 76,000 railroad bridges and over 800 tunnels. As requested, the U.S Government Accountability Office (GAO) provides information on this infrastructure, addressing (1) the information that is available on the condition of railroad bridges and tunnels and on their contribution to railroad congestion, (2) the federal role in overseeing railroad bridge and tunnel safety, (3) the current uses of public funds for railroad infrastructure investments, and (4) criteria and a framework for guiding any future federal role in freight infrastructure investments. GAO reviewed federal bridge safety guidelines and reports, conducted site visits, and interviewed federal, state, railroad, and other officials. /Abstract from report, p. [2]/

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