A FEASIBILITY STUDY OF RAIL PIGGYBACK SERVICE BETWEEN DALLAS-FORT WORTH AND SAN ANTONIO

The feasibility of utilizing rail piggyback for merchandise Freight moving between the Texas cities of Dallas-Fort Worth and San Antonio is examined. In this nearly 300 mile long intercity corridor,intensive motor carrier service, moving primarily via Interstate Highway 35, dominates the freight market. The rail network is extensive but the quality of merchandise service is poor and piggyback is only minimally utilized. A concept called "mini-piggy"--short, fast, unitize existing line-haul equipment, including 2 diesel locomotive and no more than 20 85-foot flatcars, over the shortest possible routing (that of the current Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad, after roadbed and track renovation), with new but simple terminals located as near as possible to probable users in both SMSA'S. Revisions in existing operating and terminal practices would allow overnight truck-competitive service, using standard piggyback plans and standard rate structure. Mini-piggy is offered as an intermodal option that uses motor carriers and railroads in the particular roles for which they are best suited--piggyback for the intercity line-haul move and trucks for intraurban door-to-door moves.

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    University of Texas, Austin

    Council for Advanced Transportation Studies
    Austin, TX  United States  78712
  • Authors:
    • Kasparik, E N
  • Publication Date: 1975-4

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  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 88 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00126961
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: University of Texas, Austin
  • ISBN: 00 3655 8
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Draft Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-OS-30093
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 14 1976 12:00AM