SHORT LINE RAILROAD OPERATIONS AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO LOSS OF RAIL SERVICE: PROS AND CONS
The report asserts the probability of future widespread abandonments of branchline rail freight service. It stipulates the circumstances in which abandonments are most likely to occur, and assesses the negative impacts that may result. It is suggested that short line railroad operations may be an alternative to the complete loss of rail service. The report describes the savings that may accrue through a changeover from major railroad ownership to short line operation. Alternative institutional and financial mechanisms for establishing and operating short line roads are discussed. A broad description of capital and operating costs is given. Finally, several examples are provided of successful short line operations in the United States.
- Prepared in cooperation with Council of State Governments, Lexington, Ky.
Madison, WI USA 53707-7910
Federal Railroad Administration1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC USA 20590
Council of State GovernmentsIron Works Pike
Lexington, KY USA 40505
- Due, J F
- Publication Date: 1976-4
- Pagination: 44 p.
- TRT Terms: Abandonment; Branch lines; Economic impacts; Freight service; Freight transportation; Industry structure; Level of service; Management; Operating costs; Planning; Railroad transportation; Short line railroads
- Uncontrolled Terms: Services
- Old TRIS Terms: Cargo transportation; Management planning; Short line
- Subject Areas: Administration and Management; Economics; Freight Transportation; Planning and Forecasting; Railroads;
- Accession Number: 00137037
- Record Type: Publication
- Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
- Contract Numbers: DOT-FR-40025
- Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT, STATEDOT
- Created Date: Aug 23 1976 12:00AM