EFFECTS OF RAIL LINE ABANDONMENT

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        http://agecon.lib.umn.edu/ndsu/aem179su.html
                        Economic Impact Of Railroad Abandonment: Carrington-To-Turtle Lake Rail Line
               
    http://www.tc.gc.ca/actsregs/cta/CT00001.htm

                             Canada Transportation Act, 1996
                http://www.cwb.ca/publicat/estey/phase1/six.htm#_Toc420291687
                             Branchline Abandonment And Elevator Rationalization

    Increased Trucking and Road Damage
      (Road classifications, alternative routes, costs to RM)
       
              http://www.gov.sk.ca/hiways/Grainhaul.pdf
                        Impact of Grain Truck Hauls On Saskatchewan Roads

    Loss of Elevator Competition

 

    Business Impacts

 

    Erosion of Local Tax Base   (Affects on local mill rate)

    Assessed Land Values

 

    Impacts on local RM Budgets

    Additional Social Costs   (schools, tourism, off-farm income reliance)
    

    Sentimental Costs   (perceived value to the community)
      

    External Costs   (energy and waste disposal, green house gasses)
         http://teamrecycle.com/why.html
                        Why Recycle Used Oil?
            http://www.recycle.net/world/western.html
                        Western Provinces Recycling Directory
            http://www.link.ca/~swrc/dangerous.htm
                        Waste Dangerous Goods; Quick Reference for Saskatchewan Farmers
            http://www.link.ca/~swrc/farmers.htm#used_oil
                        Waste Dangerous Goods Strategies for Saskatchewan Farmers
           

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Viable Alternatives:

Short Line
   http://www.omnitrax.com/
                Omnitrax Home Page
   http://www.weyburn-review.sk.ca/News/9840/pangrail.html
                Local group bids for railway line

   http://www.agr.ca/cb/news/n80826be.html
                Financial Assistance For Short Line Railway Development Announced
   http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian/issues98/jul98/rail.html
                Across America, short-line freight trains are pulling their weight
   http://www.tc.gc.ca/actsregs/cta/CT05013.htm
                Shortline Railways (Background, What Is A Shortline?, …)
   http://freenet.edmonton.ab.ca/trains/data/data.html
                Rail Data and News

Community Development

 

Diversification
    http://www.agribiz.com/fbFiles/tNews/cook.html
                Structural Changes in the U.S. Grain and Oilseed Sector
    http://www.usask.ca/agriculture/caedac/main/Ethanol.htm
                Ethanol Page
    http://www.comalc.com/
                Commercial Alcohols
    http://www.greenfuels.org/ethindex.html
                Ethanol Information Centre

Outdoor Trail Development
  http://www.infinitypress.com/fredwert/cart.html
                Recreation Trails on Railroad Grades
    http://webhome.idirect.com/~brown/johnson.htm
                Rail Trails
    http://www.outdoorlink.com/amtrails/resources/railtrails/index.html
                Rail Trails (problems, battles, rights, ...)
    http://www.wd.gc.ca/eng/content/network/gaining/ab/ab07.html
                Alberta Prairie Railway Excursions - Mirror, Alberta
    http://k12s.phast.umass.edu/~spac/qa.html
                The Most Frequently Asked Questions About Rail-Trails
    http://www.railtrails.org/sec-toc.html
                Secrets of Successful Rail-Trails (An Acquisition and Organizing Manual for Converting                    Rails into Trails)
    http://www.usask.ca/agriculture/caedac/transportation/transportation2.html
                Rail Trail and Protection of Abandoned Rail Corridors

Other alternatives
   http://www.unibase.com/~whitetail/index.shtml
                 Hunting (Whitetail)
    http://www.unibase.com/~cycling/guide/orb3.html
                Abandoned rail lines leave and endless stretch of empty track space which today                    provide an excellent trail system

 

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