Technical Reports

Rail vs. Truck Fuel Efficiency: The Relative Fuel Efficiency of Truck Competitive Rail Freight and Truck Operations Compared in a Range of Corridors

  • 01
  • Apr
  • 1991
AUTHOR: Abacus Technology Corporation
OFFICE: RPD
REPORT NUMBER: FRA-RRP-91-02
SUBJECT: Evaluation
KEYWORDS: Ton-Miles per Gallon, Lading Weight, Payload Weight, Average Speed, Horsepower per Trailing Ton, Train Performance Simulator, Vehicle Mission Simulation
ABSTRACT: This report summarizes the findings of a study to evaluate the fuel efficiency of rail freight operations relative to competing truckload service. The objective of the study was to identify the circumstances in which rail freight service offers a fuel efficiency advantage over alternative truckload options, and to estimate the fuel savings associated with using rail service. The findings are based on computer simulations of rail and truck freight movements between the same origins and destinations. The simulation input assumptions and data are based on actual rail and truck operations. Input data was provided by U.S. regional and Class I railroads and by large truck fleet operators.
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