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  1. The Railroad Modeof Transportation

  2. Lecture Outline • Introduction • Early Modes of Transportation in the U.S. • Common Goals and Functions of the Railroad Industry • Early Regulations • Passenger Systems • Recent Significant Legislation • Current Freight Statistics for the Industry • Benefits to the Environment • Employment Opportunities for Civil Engineers in the Railroad Industry • Questions and Discussion

  3. Introduction • Adequate Transportation System • Efficient Movement of Goods and People • Provides No Basic Intrinsic Value • Provides “Value Added”

  4. Early Modes of Transportation in the U.S. • Waterways • Crude Roads • Rivers/Canals 1700’s • Railroads 1830 • Better Roads Trucks/Automobiles early 1920’s • Air – Passengers 1950s • Interstates Trucks/Automobiles early 1960s

  5. The movement of Freight and People in the most efficient manner possible Principal Function in U.S. Hauling Freight (40%) Characteristics Fast Reliable Convenient Economical Safe/Secure Fuel Efficient Environmentally Friendly Common Goals & Functions of the Railroad Industry

  6. Early Regulations • Land Grants (1850-1870) • Business Transactions • Development • Repaid • Interstate Commerce Commission (1887) • Surface Transportation Board (1995-1996)

  7. Passenger Systems • Until 1971 Railroad Companies • After 1971 Amtrak / VIA Rail, Intercity • High Speed (short / medium), Intercity • Rapid Transit, Urban • Commuter, Suburban

  8. 1971 Amtrak 1973 3R Act 1976 4R Act 1980 Staggers (Deregulation) 1983 RRB / Depreciation 1992 ISTEA 1998 T21 2004 SAFETEA-LU Recent Significant Legislation

  9. Current Freight Statistics for the Industry

  10. Revenue Ton-Miles

  11. Revenue Ton-Miles Per Gallon of Fuel Consumed

  12. Revenue Ton-Miles Per Employee-Hour

  13. Average Freight Car Capacity

  14. Intermodal

  15. Intermodal Traffic

  16. Benefits to the Environment

  17. Employment Opportunities for Civil Engineers in the Railroad Industry Types of Jobs for CE’s • Engineering • Design & Construction • Maintenance • Transportation • Operations

  18. Sources of Jobs for CE’s Railroad Company Class I Regional Short Line Transit/Commuter Engineering Consultants Contractors Suppliers/Services Government Agency Employment Opportunities for Civil Engineers in the Railroad Industry

  19. Questions and Discussion…