THE U.S. RAILROADS: SOME ALTERNATIVES FOR IMPROVEMENT

There are numerous strategies for improving railroad performance within the industry as it is currently structured. Although no single approach will solve all of the industry's financial problems, a combination of strategies, followed simultaneously, could achieve this goal. This report, which was undertaken as part of the Section 901 studies required by the Railroad Revitalization and Regulatory Reform Act of 1976, investigates such strategies as better car distribution, lower labor costs, reduced circuity, and improved yard efficiency. The report presents two screening models that can be used to test a wide variety of improvement strategies. Sensitivity analysis of the most promising strategies are presented for the national system, the Eastern, Southern and Western districts, and four individual railroads. Complete documentation and user's/programmer's manuals are included for each model.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Multisystems, Incorporated

    1050 Massachusetts Avenue
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02138

    Federal Railroad Administration

    Office of Policy and Program Development, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Sussman, J M
    • Martland, C D
    • Juster, R D
    • Kruger, J A
    • Michaels, L
    • Gray, R
  • Publication Date: 1977-11

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 359 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00196985
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FRA-OPPD-79-2 Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-FRA-757-5266
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 28 1979 12:00AM