Profile of Short Line Railroads in High Grain Production States

The overall objective of this study is to assess the state of the short line industry and its role in the grain logistics system, including who they are, where they are, which agricultural products they ship in major grain corridors, and in what amounts. The specific objectives are: (1) developing a list of Federal and State short line assistance programs, (2) surveying the operating characteristics of short line railroads, (3) assessing the characteristics of short line agricultural carload traffic, and (4) identifying managers’ perceptions on which service characteristics are most important in determining short line success. The methodology involves personal interviews and surveys of executives of short line railroads and State Department of Transportation (DOT) railroad personnel from 17 States: Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska, Minnesota, Kansas, South Dakota, Indiana, North Dakota, Ohio, Missouri, Wisconsin, Texas, Michigan, Montana, Oklahoma, Idaho, and Washington. The study area was selected on the basis of large crop production and geographic diversity. There is at least one agriculturally-oriented short line in each of these States. In some cases, a short line will own other short lines, in which case each was counted separately, so altogether the sample includes 47 agriculture-oriented short lines.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 60p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01665643
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Contract Numbers: 16-TMTSD-KS-0005
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 21 2018 4:47PM