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Impact on Washington Highways of Grain Transportation Changes

Description: This study evaluated transportation changes affecting the grain industry relative to impact on the road system. Present and proposed railline abandonment, grain sub-terminal construction, and general modal traffic patterns were determined. Causal variables were incorporated into a general framework for continual monitoring of the industry. While it does not appear the state highway system is receiving large overall negative impact, "pockets of potential problems" are being caused by grain transportation changes. Most identifiable impacts are being felt on county and local roads. The final grain industry structure has not yet evolved. Monitoring of the grain industry during this evolution should include on-farm storage, age of elevators, mergers and consolidations and potential railline abandonments.

  • Date Published: February, 1986
  • Publication Number: WA-RD 82.1
  • Last Modified: August 19, 2007
  • Authors: Bonnie Borris, Ken Casavant, Jonathan Newkirk, Frank Dooley.
  • Originator: Washington State Transportation Center (TRAC); Washington State University. Dept. of Agricultural Economics.
  • # of Pages: 86 p., 1,848 KB (PDF)
  • Subject: Abandonment, Axle loads, Consolidations, Economic impacts, Freight traffic, Freight transportation, Grain, Grain elevators, Highways, Impact studies, Modal shift, Modal split, Railroads, Traffic flow, Transportation planning, Trucks.
  • Keywords: Highway impacts, grain transportation, railline abandonment, planning, road deterioration, Washington (State)
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This abstract was last modified April 29, 2008