Rail as an Alternative to Snake River Barging - Update on our research

Thursday, June 30, 7pm (Pacific Daylight Time)
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The Pacific Northwest is home to the greatest potential salmon habitat in the lower 48 - but access to the most prime salmon streams is blocked by 140 miles of slackwater reservoirs and 4 dams, primarily operated for barging grain from the Inland Northwest to ports on the Washington and Oregon coasts. The recently released Lower Snake River Dams Benefit Replacement Draft Report commissioned by Governor Inslee and Senator Murray acknowledges that we can replace LSR barging with rail, but does not detail a plan for doing so.
The Solutionary Rail Team has been working on elements of such a plan.
We've collaborated with rail planner Tom White and others in the PNW to analyze the capacity for and energy footprint of a mode shift from barge to rail in the area currently served by the LSR barges. Tom's detailed analysis reveals potential increased trip capacity and opportunities for electrification. A deep dive into the current and historical rail service illuminates a series of potential steps in the path forward. We look forward to sharing with you what we've learned thus far and why the mode shift from barge to rail could:
  1. Reduce truck miles on the road to lower wear and tear costs, improve safety and reduce truck emissions.
  2. Create more competition for grain transport and better prices for farmers and co-ops.
  3. Reduce GHG emissions from trains through use of battery/electric and fuel cell hybrid AND largely replace traction power impact by recovering much of that power through regenerative braking.

Join us for a presentation that discusses the capacity of the system to mode shift grain off of LSR barges and onto trains and the potential for Washington State's Grain Train program and others to provide innovative leadership and model for other places. We hope to see you Thursday evening for this revealing discussion of new research.

(If you don't receive a Confirmation and Zoom Link right away, reach out to [email protected])

June 30, 2022 at 7:00pm - 8:30pm
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  • Amy Morrison
    published this page in Upcoming Events 2022-06-16 14:24:04 -0700
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