INCREMENTAL COST OF TRUCKING GRAIN FROM DELIVERY POINTS ON BRANCH LINES WHOSE OPERATION IS TO BE ABANDONED TO ALTERNATE DELIVERY POINTS: REPORT
The National Transportation Agency conducted an analysis of the economic costs to the grain handling and transportation system of retaining or abandoning a number of light steel and low volume Prairie grain branch lines. This report describes the approach used to develop the incremental costs of trucking grain implied by a change from the current situation to the abandonment of the branch lines under study, giving rise to an alternate scenario. The study team used a three-step approach to estimate the incremental costs of trucking grain: estimation of grain hauling costs to the current delivery point locations from producers' farms; estimation of anticipated costs for hauling the same volume of grains to alternate delivery point locations; and subtracting current haul costs from alternate haul costs. The report includes a review of the sources of basic information needed to carry out those three steps, including information on grain volumes and traffic, delivery points and distances, the truck costing model, and sensitivities to changes in assumptions. The appendix includes trucking cost results using the Trimac costing model.
National Transportation Agency of CanadaBranch Line Advisory Committee
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
- Publication Date: 1995
- Pagination: 34 p.
- TRT Terms: Abandonment; Alternatives analysis; Branch lines; Costs; Economics; Freight traffic; Grain; Haul distance; Light rail transit; Trucking
- Uncontrolled Terms: Cost models; Grain trade; Incremental costs
- Subject Areas: Economics; Finance; Freight Transportation; Highways; Motor Carriers; Railroads; Society;
- Accession Number: 00730720
- Record Type: Publication
- Files: TRIS
- Created Date: Feb 3 1997 12:00AM