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Crude-Oil Train Routes in the Region

Philadelphia-area refineries are among the busiest destinations for railroad shipments of highly flammable crude oil in the nation, and many of the mile-long trains pass through Center City and other densely populated neighborhoods. In the event of a fire involving an oil-tank car, federal transportation officials recommend evacuating people within a half-mile of the accident. In the Philadelphia region, about 705,000 people live within a half-mile of railroad routes used to ship crude oil.

The map below shows railroad routes used for crude-oil shipments, their half-mile evacuation zones, and facilities to which the oil is shipped. Click on the map for more information.

SOURCES: Esri; Pa. Dept. of Transportation

The Philadelphia Inquirer