Economic Impact Analysis of GDOT's Short Line Railroads

Short line railroads are critical to Georgia’s transportation infrastructure and support the efficient movement of goods into and out of the State. Twenty-nine short line railroads operate in Georgia, six of which operate either partially or totally on 596 miles of rail track that the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) owns. Based on the Bureau of Economic Analysis RIMS II backward-linkage model, this study estimates under different sets of assumptions the economic impacts associated with short line railroad revenues and with GDOT infrastructure spending on these six short line systems. Among the economic impacts, and depending on the assumptions, the study finds that the cumulative impact of the six systems increases annual output in the range of $2.8-$14.5 million, increases annual earnings in the range of $0.7-$4.1 million, and generates annual value-added in the range of $1.4-$7.5 million. Cumulatively, these systems annually add 10 - 93 jobs on average.

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    Georgia Institute of Technology

    Atlanta, GA  United States  30332

    Georgia Department of Transportation

    Office of Performance-Based Management and Research, 15 Kennedy Drive
    Forest Park, GA  United States  GA 30297-2534

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • McCarthy, Patrick
    • Zhai, Zhiqiang
  • Publication Date: 2018-4


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 114p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01669673
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA-GA-18-1608
  • Contract Numbers: PI No. 0014918
  • Created Date: May 9 2018 9:08AM