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Title:Emerging State Rail Issues: Implications for Rail Planning in North Dakota
Authors:John Bitzan and Denver Tolliver
Publication Date:Jul 1990
Report #:SP-101
Type:Research Report – Staff Papers

 

Abstract

This study examines some of the most significant new rail issues facing the state of North Dakota, and their ramifications for future rail policy. The study finds that: 1) the state of North Dakota should advocate alternatives to rail abandonment; 2) rail banking should be used when the possibility of future growth is perceived in areas served by abandoned lines; 3) policy encouraging future rail car purchases is needed to prevent future rail car supply problems; and 4) the importance of rail preservation is amplified by the condition of rural roads and bridges.

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