As a result of the Regional Rail Reorganization of 1973, hundreds of miles of light-density rail lines located in coal-rich reserve areas in the Northeast have been excluded from the new railway system called ConRail. In order to preserve such lines for future use and thus avoid a potential restriction on energy development, the Rail Revitalization and Regulatory Reform Act of 1976 provides for the establishment of a Federal Coal Railbank. The purpose of the Railbank is to acquire and hold these lines for potential future use, thereby preserving access to vital coal reserves expected to be developed over the next twenty-five years. This study was commissioned to investigate the economic feasibility of the Railbank concept to determine the benefit to the U.S. public of acquiring the lines. Portions of this document are not fully legible.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Policy Research Associates

    State College, PA  United States 

    Federal Energy Administration

    Office of Coal
    Washington, DC  United States  20461
  • Publication Date: 1976-7

Media Info

  • Pagination: 148 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00147057
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FEA/G-76/440
  • Contract Numbers: FEA-CO-05-60502-00
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 16 1977 12:00AM