AN ECONOMIC EVALUATION OF THE PERFORMANCE OF THE WASHINGTON STATE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION GRAIN TRAIN PROJECT

The overall goals of the grain train project are to preserve rail service in a multimodal system, provide additional rail cars to alleviate existing shortages, and to redistribute energy rebate funds in accordance with acknowledged constraints. The general purpose is to analyze and evaluate the operation of the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT)-purchased covered hopper rail cars for service to shippers in eastern Washington during calendar year 1995. Specific objectives are to evaluate: the average loads of grain transported per car; where the program assists in fulfilling WSDOT's mission as a provider of multimodal freight transportation options; car income and expenses; grain car inventory control; capital and operating costs of the grain car program; cost savings from road impacts; and the impact of the project on preserving rail service and consequent benefits to shippers and taxpayers. A final specific objective is to determine the amount of energy saved through the use of the cars. This report details the project and its results.

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 33 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00726020
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Sep 26 1996 12:00AM