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Title:North Dakota Strategic Freight Analysis: Agricultural Sector - Summary Report
Authors:Kimberly Vachal, Brenda M. Lantz, John Bitzan, Mark Berwick, and Denver Tolliver
University:North Dakota State University
Publication Date:Oct 2001
Report #:MPC-01-127.5
Project #:MPC-192
TRID #:00822894
Keywords:agricultural products, decision making, freight transportation, grain terminals, heavy vehicles, intermodal transportation, logistics, marketing, policy making
Type:Research Report – MPC Publications


In an attempt to provide some of the information that will enable North Dakota firms and policymakers to make better decisions, this project addressed four transportation issues, which are critical to the future of the state's agricultural sector: (1) the impact of 110-car shuttle trains on the marketing of grains, (2) the impact of heavier cars on light-density rail lines, (3) the changing trend in the use of truck/rail container intermodal transportation for marketing North Dakota products; and (4) the role played by logistics factors in determining the optimal location of value-added facilities.

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