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Title:Railroad Hazardous Commodity Traffic Analysis for Region 8
Authors:Denver Tolliver, Suzanne Lahlum, and Mike Kalnbach
University:North Dakota State University
Publication Date:Mar 1996
Report #:MPC-96-53A
Project #:MPC-077
TRID #:00722161
Keywords:analysis, commodity flow, disasters and emergency operations, freight traffic, hazardous materials, inventory, planning, railroad transportation, risk analysis, tables (data), waybill samples
Type:Research Report – MPC Publications


This report develops a baseline inventory of rail hazardous commodities that originate in, terminate in, or pass through Region 8 (which includes the states of Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming). The inventory also includes a set of interregional tables that summarize hazardous rail commodity flows to and from each federal region. These tables were developed from a special version of the waybill database provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The most important uses of the inventory are in: 1) identifying the general commodities and the magnitudes of hazardous rail commodity flows within the region; 2) describing interregional commercial flows of hazardous materials; and 3) providing commodity flow information for use in general emergency response planning.

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