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Needs Assessment for Advancing Timber Utilization in Mainline and Shortline Railroad Applications

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Project status

In progress

Start date: 06/15/05
End date: 06/30/07

Sponsor(s)/partner(s)

Sponsor(s): U.S. Department of Agriculture

About the research

Abstract: The primary objective of this project is to identify, describe, and prioritize a list of research needs that will serve as a basis for developing and funding research related to the use of timber by both mainline and shortline railroads. Thus, this research needs study will guide research that should re-establish wood as a more significant construction material in the railroad industry and significantly influence research related to wood transportation structures over the next six years.

The expected outcomes will be a series of proposed research projects that would address the identified research needs areas. It is anticipated that research needs will be classified as short-term (high-priority), medium-term (medium priority), and long-term (low-priority) such that research resources can be most efficiently allocated.