SOLID WASTE BY RAIL: A RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY

The efficient transportation of solid wastes produced by post-industrial Canada and the U.S. represents tremendous opportunities for rail carriers struggling to improve their financial returns. In addition, it poses intriguing and complex challenges to public policy makers, equipment suppliers and transportation researchers. Solid waste is an ideal candidate for movement by rail; it fits perfectly into the traditional traffic profile: 1) increasingly, large volumes are moving long distances; 2) waste movements are relatively heavy, especially if compacted; and 3) the commodity is so low in value that time is not critical. Given these characteristics, it is not surprising that there are several existing and more planned waste-by-rail systems in Canada and the U.S. Some of these systems are described in this paper.

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  • Accession Number: 00610195
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-041 177
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 30 1991 12:00AM