ALTERNATIVE INVESTMENTS IN THE RURAL BRANCH RAILROAD AND COUNTY ROAD SYSTEMS

The purpose of this study was to develop and apply a benefit-cost method of evaluating the tradeoffs between investments in local rural roads and investments in branch rail lines. The method evaluated the impact of local rural road and branch rail line investments on grain revenues to farmers and grain elevators, transport costs for delivery of fertilizer and other farm inputs and outputs, household travel costs for shopping, commuting, deliveries, guests, and other household travel, road maintenance and safety costs, and grain elevator investment costs. The method was applied to a case study of Marshall County, Iowa for the years 1986, 1987, and 1988. Several branch rail line and road investment alternatives were evaluated. The study included only traffic that originated or terminated in rural areas and overhead traffic that traveled over the rural roads.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Midwest Transportation Consortium

    Iowa State University, 2711 South Loop Drive, Suite 4700
    Ames, IA  United States  50010-8664
  • Authors:
    • Baumel, C P
    • Baumhover, S B
    • McVey, M J
    • Lipsman, M A
  • Publication Date: 1991-3

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 114 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00608624
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 31 1991 12:00AM