Rail Freight Solutions to Roadway Congestion

Rail Freight Solutions to Roadway Congestion

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This report presents guidance on evaluating the potential feasibility, cost, and benefits of investing in rail freight solutions to alleviate highway congestion from heavy truck traffic. An extensive research effort is documented and accompanied by a set of guidelines that present a three-phased approach to evaluating rail freight solutions: preliminary assessment, detailed analysis, and decision making. This report will be useful for transportation planners in state and regional transportation agencies, freight planners in private transportation companies, and senior decision makers who control the funding andimplementation of transportation investments.The average cost per ton-mile for all freight handled was much greater than the average cost of shipping by rail. ... to the use of larger cars, more powerful locomotives, and longer trains operating over better track to sharply reduce the costs ofanbsp;...

Title:Rail Freight Solutions to Roadway Congestion
Author:Joseph Bryan, Glen Elliot Weisbrod, Carl Douglas Martland
Publisher:Transportation Research Board - 2007-01-01


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