Transport, the Environment and Security

Transport, the Environment and Security

Making the Connection

Rae Zimmerman

From a primarily urban perspective, the author illustrates that the fields of transportation, environment (with an emphasis on climate change) and security (for both natural hazards and terrorism) and their interconnections remain robust areas for policy and planning. Synthesizing existing data, new analyses, and a rich set of case studies, the book uses transportation networks as a framework to explore transportation in conjunction with environment, security, and interdependencies with other infrastructure sectors. The US rail transit system, ecological corridors, cyber security, planning mechanisms and the effectiveness of technologies are among the topics explored in detail. Case studies of severe and potential impacts of natural hazards, accidents, and security breaches on transportation are presented. These cases support the analyses of the forces on transportation, land use and patterns of population change that connect, disconnect and reconnect people from their environment and security.

Chapter 2: Rail and Road Networks

Rae Zimmerman

Subjects: business and management, management and sustainability, economics and finance, environmental economics, transport, environment, climate change, environmental economics, environmental management, transport, politics and public policy, public policy, terrorism and security, urban and regional studies, transport


INTRODUCTION Transportation activity includes two familiar networks: roads and rail. Public services for transport are supported by a vast infrastructure of nodes, links and transport activity. There are many miles of distribution lines, access points, and users. The extent of transport networks in the US can be summarized as follows (US DOT, RITA 2011, Table 1-1; US DOT, FHWA 2011a, Table HM-20; US DOT, FTA, National Transit Database (NTD) for 2009): ● ● ● Roadways: – Highways: 4,050,717 miles (4,067,077 for 2010 (US DOT, FHWA 2012)) Rail: – Class I rail (owned): 93,921 miles – Amtrak (operated): 21,178 miles Transit (data for 2009 from NTD are in parenthesis along with the size of the NTD combined service areas of all US systems within each rail category): – Commuter Rail 7,561 (7,740) miles with service areas of 43,563 square miles – Heavy Rail 1,623 (2,272) miles with service areas of 10,892 square miles – Light Rail 1,477 (1,632) miles with service areas of 31,178 square miles. The National Research Council (NRC) (2002, p.212) underscores the extensiveness of rail networks, indicating there are more than 300,000 miles of freight rail lines in addition to the passenger lines given above. These systems have evolved over more than a century. Although they are distinctly different systems, road and rail networks often follow the same routes, are usually in close proximity to one another, and have formal interconnections between them. Where they do follow one another, rail corridors...

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