Fast freight can be very profitable

In part due to the need for faster deliveries, shippers in the United States are spending $28 billion annually on long-distance road transportation. If the rail industry can offer a time-competitive service, there is a significant revenue potential, as discussed in this article. This is the case with the shipping of fresh produce, which faces issues of avoiding crushing or bruising, temperature, humidity, and ethylene absorption or generation. The wrong combination of produce in a freight car could result in unsellable product; the right combination could result in a very profitable revenue stream for the railroad. High speed freight requires investment in infrastructure and signalling systems, which would be greater than that for passenger trains. It is suggested that high speed freight rail could be concentrated on passenger routes in order to help defray costs.

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  • Authors:
    • Burns, David
  • Publication Date: 2013-9


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  • Accession Number: 01494611
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 25 2013 3:03PM