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Title:The Importance of Short Line Railroads to Rural and Agricultural America
Authors:John Bitzan, Tamara VanWechel, Douglas Benson, and Kimberly Vachal
Publication Date:Aug 2003
Report #:DP-152
TRID #:01685021
Keywords:agricultural industry, back haul, competition, economic impacts, forecasting, freight transportation, rural areas, short line railroads, traffic volume
Type:Research Report – Department Publications



This report identifies several factors critical to the success of short line rail roads. Success was measured and analyzed by looking at variables related to traffic volume, backhaul traffic, reliance on industries and/or commodities, number of shippers, flexibility of labor, track conditions, management, and transportation competition.

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