In order to determine the feasibility of intercity freight pipelines, it was necessary to determine whether sufficient traffic flows currently exist between various origins and destinations to justify consideration of a mode whose operating characteristics became competitive under conditions of high traffic volume. An intercity origin destination freight flow matrix was developed for a large range of commodities from published sources. A physical screening was then applied to yield a flow matrix which consisted of only goods which could be physically moved by pipeline. Rather than consider all possible origins and destinations, a high freight traffic density corridor between Chicago and New York and another between St. Louis and New York were studied. These corridors, which represented 18 cities, had single direction flows of 16 million tons/year. If trans-shipment was allowed at each of the 18 cities, flows of up to 38 million tons/year were found in each direction. These figures did not include mineral or agricultural products.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • See also PB-276144, RRIS 11 117483, Bulletin 7802. Also available in set of 5 reports PC E11, PB-276 144-SET.
  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

    Department of Civil and Urban Engineering
    Philadelphia, PA  United States  19104

    Department of Transportation

    Office of University Research, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Allen, W B
    • Plaut, T
  • Publication Date: 1976-7

Media Info

  • Pagination: 99 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00117487
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT-TST-76T/38 Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-OS-50119
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Mar 29 1978 12:00AM