FUTURE ROLE OF RAILROAD ELECTRIFICATION

A study has been performed of the future feasibility and impacts of a national railroad electrification network in the Southwestern United States. The proposed national network would range from 21,418 and 41,999 route-miles, of which 31 to 37 percent would be in the nine Southwestern states. Energy savings of the proposed network have been analyzed along with potential environmental benefits of national importance. Substantial reductions in air pollutant emissions would result by conversion of diesel to electric trains for freight and passenger movements, with up to a 500,000 tons per year reduction in hydrocarbons. Even greater reductions in air pollution emissions would be obtained by intermodal diversion from diesel trucks to electric trains, with more than a million tons per year reduction in nitrogen oxides emissions.

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. A37-A54

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  • Accession Number: 00322005
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 29 1980 12:00AM