Hazardous Materials and Rural Freight Corridors
The movement of hazardous goods on rail and highways multiplies the potential consequences of any crash. Critical rail and highway corridors transect rural areas and crashes can result in impacts to low income or minority communities, natural resources, and the many smaller towns. Additionally in rural areas, emergency resources are less likely to be available, or available rapidly. The concerns presented here reflect the assumptions and concerns that support MAFC’s current research in an “all hazards” approach to understanding threats and resiliency on our major freight corridors.