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A Framework for Modeling Rail Transport Vulnerability

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  • STEVEN K. PETERSON
  • RICHARD L. CHURCH
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    Railroads represent one of the most efficient methods of long-haul transport for bulk commodities, from coal to agricultural products. Over the past 50 years, the rail network has contracted while tonnage has increased. Service, geographically, has been abandoned along short-haul routes and increased along major long-haul routes, resulting in a network that is more streamlined. The current rail network may be very vulnerable to disruptions, like the failure of a trestle. This paper proposes a framework to model rail network vulnerability and gives an application of this modeling framework in analyzing rail network vulnerability for the State of Washington. It concludes with a number of policy-related issues that need to be addressed in order to identify, plan, and mitigate the risks associated with the sudden loss of a bridge or trestle. Copyright (c) 2008 Copyright the Authors. Journal compilation (c) 2008 Wiley Periodicals, Inc..

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    Article provided by Gatton College of Business and Economics, University of Kentucky in its journal Growth and Change.

    Volume (Year): 39 (2008)
    Issue (Month): 4 ()
    Pages: 617-641

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