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Policy Recommendations & Supporting Analysis:
Click HERE for a PDF of our final Planning for Resilience - Barge to Rail Mode Shift at the Lower Snake River Action Steps document summarizing the actions documented in the slidedeck.
Click HERE for an excerpt on Rail Capacity for Grain Movement by Tom White. His full report Grain by Rail in Eastern Washington from which we draw for aspects of the above slidedeck is HERE. Tom focuses on the WA rail service within 40 miles of the Lower Snake River. He details the rail service capacity along the river from Lewiston to Ayer and demonstrates its potential for fulfilling the increased transportation needs post-breaching. Tom's detailed energy analysis provides valuable insights into the traction vs braking energy ratio. We utilize this finding for the basis of our argument for electrification of shortline railroads servicing this area and the Camas Prairie. (Note about the Full Report: The energy unit (KWh) is a bug in the modeling program, but we believe that the ratios between traction and braking energy remain accurate. This should be further explored to confirm and/or refine the potential for electrification and re-capturing energy through regenerative braking.)
Thank you Tom White for your excellent work on an impossible timeline. Thank you as well to our allies whose work we've incorporated. Special thanks to Mitch Cutter of Idaho Conservation League, Lin Laughy, Robert Heacock, Paul Didelius, Dean Ferguson, Ken Kirschling, Don Schwerin, and all the community members and industry specialists who shaped our understanding, corrected our misunderstandings and continue to help us refine a transportation plan the provides solutions for all those impacted by this course correction to preserve salmon and steelhead for future generations. All errors are mine and mine alone.
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