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Title:Economic Impact of Railroad Abandonment: Carrington-to-Turtle Lake Rail Line
Authors:Joel S. Honeyman, Dean A. Bangsund, and F. Larry Leistritz
Publication Date:Aug 1996
Report #:SP-133
TRID #:01705815
Keywords:abandonment, agricultural products, economic impacts, freight transportation, modal shift, railroad transportation, rural areas
Type:Research Report – Staff Papers



The Carrington-to-Turtle Lake rail line serves five agricultural shippers in a four-county area in central North Dakota. Service on the line has been affected by recent embargoes, floods, and poor, deteriorating track conditions. The line is a strong candidate for abandonment as efforts to rehabilitate the line have lacked financial support. Prior to this study, a benefit/cost study, which compares benefits and costs of a rail line reconstruction, was performed for the rail line in an attempt to secure financial assistance for rehabilitation.

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