Feasibility of a Next-Generation Intemodal Rail-Truck Transport System for the Western I-80 Corridor: Engineering, Economic, Environmental, Safety and Security Policy Considerations

Interstate 80 is one of the heaviest traveled east-west freight corridors in the nation. Each day approximately 5,000 - 7,000 trucks travel I-80 across Wyoming and Nebraska. Ninety-five percent of these trucks have neither an origin nor a destination in Wyoming. Within 15 years the number of trucks on Interstate 80 is projected to double. Given this level of truck traffic, the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) will need to significantly increase funding (and perhaps divert funding from other highways) to maintain I-80 pavement in its current condition. This study evaluated alternatives for managing the projected growth in truck traffic across Wyoming as well as across the western I-80 corridor. A simulation model was developed to analyze the costs and benefits of pavement alternatives such as material changes, additional capacity and strategies to divert trucks from I-80 to rail. This simulation model utilizes equations based on traffic data, pavement data, cost data, construction inflation and safety data. Funding scenarios and constraints are also included in the simulation model. Preliminary analysis indicates that substantial benefits would result from diverting as little as 20 percent of trucks from I-80 to rail using an innovative "land ferry" concept. However, this would require increasing Union Pacific Railroad's rail capacity by approximately 1,400 mi on their central corridor. The study recommends: (1) WYDOT develop a long-term strategy for managing I-80 and (2) support private sector efforts to divert freight from highways to rail.

  • Corporate Authors:

    R&S Consulting, LLC

    P.O. Box 942
    Cheyenne, WY  United States  82001

    Wyoming Department of Transportation

    5300 Bishop Boulevard
    Cheyenne, WY  United States  82009-3340

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Schneider, Gary
    • Redd, Larry
    • Young, Rhonda
    • Tomasini, Michael
  • Publication Date: 2006-9-25


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Appendices; CD-ROM; Figures; Maps; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 212p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01044294
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA-WY-06/05F
  • Created Date: Mar 17 2007 7:02AM