Technical Reports

An Evaluation of the Costs and Benefits of Railroad Electrification

  • 01
  • Mar
  • 1981
AUTHOR: John Harrison
OFFICE: RPD
REPORT NUMBER: FRA/ORD-80/86
SUBJECT: Environmental Protection, Evaluation
KEYWORDS: Environmental Impact, Cost/Benefit Analysis, Railroad Technology
ABSTRACT: This report, responds to issues raised in Section 901(7) of the Railroad Revitalization and Regulatory Reform Act (4R Act) and discusses how electrification might contribute to or detract from meeting the objectives of this Act. This report is primarily limited to an evaluation of the potential costs and benefits of railroad electrification; discusses energy effects, with special emphasis on oil fuel economies and the required amounts of coal and other fossil fuels; environmental effects; impact on electric utilities; economic impact on railroads; feasibility of widespread electrification; financing; and required research and development and' national implications.

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