ANALYSIS OF 1976 RAIL HAZARDOUS MATERIAL FLOWS

The 1976 Railroad Waybill data base has been analyzed on a state by state basis to provide an overview of Hazardous Material (HAZMAT) production, consumption and the patterns of flow connecting producer and consumer. The results show that production is primarily concentrated in the Texas-Gulf Coast region in the middle of the petroleum refined and related product and industrial chemical-production complexes. The flow of HAZMAT is in three major corridors connecting the production complex with a California-West Coast Consumption concentration, with a South-East/Florida Consumption concentration, and (more diffusely) with the main industrial production complex of the U.S. lying along the Mississippi-Ohio River Basin serving the large population concentrations there and along the North East Coast. Maps of several indices of production, consumption and rail transport are developed and discussed, and a brief discussion of long range trends that may affect the patterns of transport is presented. In summary, to understand Rail Hazmat flows better, work should be done to explain the apparent consumption anomalies in Idaho, North Dakota, Maine, and Florida along with the better understood sites in Indiana etc. Radio active material movement forecasting is worth a special long range analysis due to its sensitive nature. A study of categorization of HAZMAT flows should be done to see if other similar special categories of HAZMAT may become increasingly important. Finally a forecasting study using some of the trend analysis presented herein should be developed and unified with HAZMAT accident potential analysis documented separately.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Transportation Systems Center

    55 Broadway, Kendall Square
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02142
  • Authors:
    • HASSLER, F L
  • Publication Date: 1978-4-24

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References;
  • Pagination: 34 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00194857
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transportation Systems Center
  • Report/Paper Numbers: SS-20-U1-40
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 11 1979 12:00AM