RATIONALIZATION OF RAIL LINE ABANDONMENT POLICY IN THE MIDWEST UNDER THE RAILROAD REVITALIZATION AND REGULATORY REFORM ACT OF 1976

Since ICC got jurisdiction in 1920, more than 70,000 miles of rail line have been abandoned, 15,000 miles of this since 1970. With the rate accelerating, the Midwestern lines are indicating the highest expectation for additional abandonments. The research reported attempts to examine the correlation between loss of rail service and adverse impacts on community viability, using rural Minnesota as a case study. Comparative data for 40 grain elevators that lost rail service and 64 located on existing rail lines were analyzed. Evidence indicates most elevators losing rail service have not been adversely affected in competition with nearby rail elevators. Implications for grain shipping are discussed.

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    American Society of Traffic and Transportation

    547 West Jackson Boulevard
    Chicago, IL  United States  60606
  • Authors:
    • Spraggins, H B
  • Publication Date: 1978

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  • Accession Number: 00182827
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 31 1978 12:00AM