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465040-1 Report Abstract

International Rail Freight Transportation in South Texas: Decreasing Fuel Consumption, Roadway Damage, and Hazardous Materials Movement on Texas Roadways

Stephen S. Roop and Richard W. Dickinson, Texas A&M University, July 1995, 87 pp. (465040-1)

The objectives of this research were to examine impediments to the greater use of rail in the transport of freight, and to document projected reductions in congestion, roadway damage, hazards, and energy usage resulting from such a modal shift. In pursuing these objectives, an examination was made of the roles that are performed by decision-making agencies at the federal, state, and local levels. The findings of this examination are discussed in terms of how these roles interfere with the adoption of increased use of intermodal transportation. Additionally, the logistics associated with cross-border freight transportation are described, documenting the institutional and governmental inefficiencies hindering smooth flow of trade across the border. The balance of the research concerns itself with the potential of rail transportation to mitigate the negative impacts associated with truck transportation.

Keywords: Intermodal Freight Transportation, Modal Shift

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