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Performance Audit of the Management of Rail Corridors as Administered by the Department of Transportation , Report No. 12188, November 1993

  • The Department has adopted procedures to ensure that it will acquire only rail corridors that meet a transportation purpose and to manage and preserve rail corridors until they are needed for a transportation purpose. Central Rail Office staff were able to identify a transportation purpose for all 13 rail corridors the Department has acquired. Districts have drafted management plans for 12 of the Department's 13 rail corridors and approved 10 of the 12 drafted plans. In addition, all of the approved plans contain reasonable management and preservation strategies.
  • DOT has developed adequate procedures to identify potential rail corridor contamination, to prepare plans of action to deal with the contamination, and to hold prior property owners responsible for the contamination. However, not all districts have applied these procedures to rail corridor acquisitions and, as a result, may have acquired contaminated rail corridors. In addition, the districts have not determined how much effort will be required to cleanup contamination on rail corridors where it has been identified.

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