Railroad Electrification: Optimum Level Complementary Improvements, and the Market for the Upgraded Services

This paper describes how many transportation users find railroad trains too slow or unreliable or the ride too rough, yet there is a huge potential market for upgraded railroad services. Unites States railroads receive annually some $16 billion, mostly for hauling low-priority freight. For-hire motor carriers of freight receive some $21 billion; the inclusion of private intercity trucking would boost the total to the vicinity of perhaps $35 billion; and the inclusion of intercity trucking would surely add several billion more. Scheduled airlines receive some $10 billion for hauling passengers and freight, while private automobiles, if one might judge from bus revenue per passenger-mile, produce some $50 billion worth of intercity transportation service. Thus the major potential markets that an upgraded railroad system would penetrate involve something on the order of $100 billion in annual revenues, some times as much as the railroads now take in. This ability of the railroads to penetrate this potential market will depend on how their services are upgraded.

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    Transportation Research Forum

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  • Authors:
    • Sonstegaard, Miles
  • Publication Date: 1977


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Edition: Volume XVIII, Number 1
  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: pp 374-378
  • Monograph Title: Transportation in Transition. Proceedings of the Eighteenth Annual Meeting

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  • Accession Number: 01105336
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 29 2008 2:09PM