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

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.


    • English


    • Status: Active
    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Department of Agriculture

      Independence Avenue, Between 12th and 14th Streets, SW
      Washington, DC    20250
    • Performing Organizations:

      Midwest Transportation Consortium

      Iowa State University
      Ames, IA  United States  50010-8664
    • Principal Investigators:

      Phares, Brent

    • Start Date: 20050615
    • Expected Completion Date: 0
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • Source Data: RiP Project 11918

    Subject/Index Terms

    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01458432
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Federal Highway Administration
    • Files: RIP, USDOT
    • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 12:42PM