STB publishes a new railway heritage map


Written by

Marybeth Luczak, Editor-in-Chief

The Surface Transportation Board’s Office of Environmental Analysis (OEA) has updated its rail heritage map.

The map provides the locations of 1,596 rail-related structures, buildings and sites listed in the National Register of Historic Places as well as the estimated boundaries of 3,105 National Register historic districts that straddle active or abandoned rail lines mapped. or have a known historical connection to the railways.

The OAS also included information on other historic rail-related properties, such as historic railway bridges and historic districts that the OAS researched and assessed in cases requiring historical review under Section 106. of the National Historic Preservation Act.

The OAS intends to use the railway heritage map as a repository for historical documentation produced during the Article 106 process for cases of abandonment and construction of railway lines, according to the STB. The map can also help inform Section 106 consultation parties, other stakeholders and the public about the history of the railway.

“Our new railway heritage map was a painstakingly detailed project led by environmental protection specialist Joshua Wayland,” said STB President Martin J. Oberman. “We all applaud Josh’s impressive work in creating and presenting this critical data in a stakeholder-friendly format. “

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