Legal Aspects of Rail Programs

The nation's freight, intercity passenger, and commuter rail operators need a program that can provide authoritatively researched, specific, limited-scope studies of legal issues and problems having national significance and application to rail transportation. To meet similar needs in the highway area, the Transportation Research Board (TRB) of The National Academies inaugurated a project in 1969 under the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP). This project has been funded continuously since that time, eliciting strong support and approval from the constituency it serves. In addition, a transit legal research project was implemented in 1992 under the Transit Cooperative Research Program, and that project has also been continuously since its inception. Finally, an airport legal research project was implemented in 2006 under the Airport Cooperative Research Program, and continues today. Each year, numerous attorneys nationwide are involved in rail-related work; yet, there is no centralized collection of legal resources on which they can depend. The National Cooperative Rail Research Program's (NCRRP's) Legal Research Digest series will provide rail-related research on a wide variety of legal topics. This solicitation is the first in what is anticipated to be a series of studies of legal issues affecting the rail industry. The objective of this research is to provide legal research on three topics of interest to the legal community associated with the rail industry. The product of this research will be an NCRRP Legal Research Digest for each of the three topics that will ultimately be included in a series of reports on legal issues associated with the rail industry, addressing issues related to passenger, freight, and commuter rail. Each document will provide interested attorneys with authoritative, well-researched, specific information that is targeted in scope. This research will address the following three legal topics: (1) Project 12-01/Topic 1: Compilation, Review, and Summary of Railroad Law Resources ($75,000); (2) Project 12-01/Topic 2: Issues that Emerge when Public Entities Acquire a Real Property Interest in Rail Lines ($60,000); and (3) Project 12-01/Topic 3: Buy America(n) Requirements ($50,000).


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $185000.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 2-01

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Railroad Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    National Cooperative Rail Research Program (NCRRP)

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Start Date: 20130703
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20141230
  • Source Data: RiP Project 37788

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01543738
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 2-01
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Nov 21 2014 1:02AM