Approaches to filling empty backhauls include pricing and supply of free-running cars to certain shippers in place of assigned cars to destinations where general service cars are returning empty anyway. This reports two studies by Burlington Northern. Study 1 covers improvement in freight car utilization and recapture of traffic lost to other modes through introduction of backhaul rates. Study 2 covers the substitution of free runners for assigned cars of a Minnesota shipper with regular movements to West Coast destinations. The resultant savings in car time were quantified. Six conclusions are drawn from these innovations.

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    • Proceedings of the Twentieth Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Forum, "Transportation Alternatives in a Changing Environment", held October 29-31, 1979, Drake Hotel, Chicago, Illinois.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Cross (Richard B) Company

    Oxford, Indiana,   United States  47971
  • Authors:
    • French, P W
    • Schmidt, R B
  • Publication Date: 1979

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  • Accession Number: 00302354
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Vol. 20 No. 1 Proceeding
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 29 1979 12:00AM