Joint Use of Railway Facilities by Freight and Metropolitan Transit Services

by Dietrich R. Bergmann, (M.ASCE), Manager—Systems Development; GM Transportation Systems Div., General Motors Technical Center, Warren, Mich.,

Serial Information: Transportation Engineering Journal of ASCE, 1977, Vol. 103, Issue 1, Pg. 157-171

Document Type: Journal Paper


The use of existing railway trackage by prospective metropolitan rail transit services involves a much lower construction cost than required when the public transportation services are to be operated on new trackage, even when the new rail transit trackage occupies the right-of-way on which the existing trackage is situated. Several operational problems associated with joint usage of existing railway trackage on the San Francisco Peninsula by both freight and public transportation services are identified. The procedures that are suggested for their resolution could be applied in other metropolitan areas as well.

Subject Headings: Railroad tracks | Joints | Subways | Freight transportation | Freight terminals | Urban areas | Transportation management | Public services

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