Recent reorganization of railroads in the Northeast faced many kilometers of rail lines with service abandonment. The cost to the taxpaper of rail service continuation subsidies was judged to be "less than the cost of abandonment of rail service in terms of lost jobs, energy shortages, and degradation of the environment." Legislation provided federal funds and left the decision to individual states, who were required to submit state rail plans. This paper explains the process used by the New York State Department of Transportation to select analysis variables, importance weights, and impact indexes for establishing line abandonment priorities. Sensitivity testing and interpretations of the analysis are reported.

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 35-40
  • Monograph Title: Rail planning
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  • Accession Number: 00184686
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309026857
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Dec 29 1978 12:00AM