The author discusses ways that fuel might be saved by shifting toward less energy intensive modes of freight transportation. In comparing truck and rail, it is noted that there is not much difference between the two when pickup and delivery type operations are involved. Substantial opportunities for improved fuel economy do exist in linehaul operations where the railroads' fuel economy is undisputed. Examined are merchandise traffic, bulk materials and intermodal services. Greater use of piggyback, it is concluded, has to be the primary means of effecting a reduction in freight energy consumption.

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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:
    • Morton, A L
  • Publication Date: 1974-10

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  • Accession Number: 00072576
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Federal Railroad Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Proc Paper
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Dec 31 1976 12:00AM