Intercity Passenger and Freight Rail: Better Data and Communication of Uncertainties Can Help Decision Makers Understand Benefits and Trade-offs of Programs and Policies
DIANE Publishing, Jun 1, 2011 - 72 pages
Concerns about the weak economy, congestion in the transport. system, and the potentially harmful effects of air emissions generated by the transport. sector have raised awareness of the potential benefits and costs of intercity passenger and freight rail relative to other transport. modes such as highways. This report reviewed: (1) the extent to which transport. policy tools that provide incentives to shift passenger and freight traffic to rail may generate emissions, congestion, and economic development benefits; and (2) how project benefits and costs are assessed for investment in intercity passenger and freight rail and how the strengths and limitations of these assessments impact federal decision making. Charts and tables. A print on demand report.
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