ENVIRONMENTAL ASPECTS OF RAIL ELECTRIFICATION

Railroad electrification provides a viable and practicable means for reducing the air pollution from freight and passenger transportation operations. It reduces the line source emissions from highways and diesel trains to single stationary point source which may be in nonurban areas that can be more easily controlled. There could also be a reduction in noise pollution. If rail electrification involves coal fuel there would be a new range of air pollutants and the problem of reclaiming lands immediately after strip mining. Of importance, say the authors, is obtaining accurate information on energy conversion efficiencies for electrification, and comparative environmental, energy and economic impacts of alternative intercity transportation modes.

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    • Proceedings of the conference held at the University of Wisconsin, May 6-8, 1974, sponsored by the Federal Railroad Administration and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation contained in "The Role of U.S. Railroads in Meeting the Nation's Energy Requirements."
  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Wisconsin, Madison

    Graduate School of Business
    Madison, WI  United States  53706
  • Authors:
    • Cooper Jr, HBH
    • Richards, H A
  • Publication Date: 1974-10

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  • Accession Number: 00072573
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Federal Railroad Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Proc Paper
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Dec 31 1976 12:00AM