Rail electrification’s potential for emissions abatement in the freight industry : a case study of a transcontinental rail corridor

dc.contributor.advisorWalton, C. Michael
dc.creatorWalthall, Rydell Dexter
dc.creator.orcid0000-0003-2699-3285
dc.date.accessioned2020-03-31T20:52:39Z
dc.date.available2020-03-31T20:52:39Z
dc.date.created2019-12
dc.date.issued2019-12
dc.date.submittedDecember 2019
dc.date.updated2020-03-31T20:52:39Z
dc.description.abstractThis research examines freight rail electrification by creating an energy model to simulate trains along specific corridors. The parameters for the energy model were developed after an extensive literature review. Using publicly available data sources, the model was applied to simulate intermodal trains along the southern BNSF TransCon rail corridor between Los Angeles and Chicago. An economic model based on the simulation results shows freight rail electrification can bring significant returns on investment to private companies and produce large public benefits. Uncertainty in some of the parameters means there is a chance for the investment to perform poorly, however this risk can be mitigated by public policies. Public subsidies for capital, electricity, or tax credits might incentivize electrification while increasing net social benefits
dc.description.departmentPublic Affairs
dc.description.departmentCivil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2152/80502
dc.identifier.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.26153/tsw/7518
dc.language.isoen
dc.subjectRail electrification
dc.subjectFreight emissions
dc.subjectTranscontinental corridors
dc.subjectClimate change economics
dc.subjectPublic rail investment
dc.titleRail electrification’s potential for emissions abatement in the freight industry : a case study of a transcontinental rail corridor
dc.typeThesis
dc.type.materialtext
thesis.degree.departmentCivil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering
thesis.degree.departmentPublic Affairs
thesis.degree.disciplineCivil Engineering
thesis.degree.disciplinePublic Affairs
thesis.degree.grantorThe University of Texas at Austin
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Science in Engineering
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Public Affairs
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