This study attempts to identify most probable future railroad flows between major origins and destinations to assist the railroad industry and government in planning to meet future requirements. The study concentrates on 14 major commodity groups, plus one "all other" group with the econometric models based on the 1949-1978 data from the Freight Commodity Statistics, supplemented by railroad data from other sources. Rail-handled coal is expected to more than double between 1978 and 1990, with smaller gains for chemicals, grain, forest products, nonmetallic minerals, pulp and papers, primary metals, grain mill products, transportation equipment and piggyback. Losses are forecast for stone, sand and gravel, iron ore, cement, clay, glass and food products. It is concluded that coal will continue to be the railroads' major item of traffic; that substantial rail traffic will continue to move in the Northeast although that involving New England will be limited; that the Midwest will be marked by increased north-south flows; and that despite mergers the nature of traffic will still involve substantial interline movement.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Federal Railroad Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
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  • Pagination: 40 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00334333
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jul 9 1981 12:00AM