Use of trucks growing in rural grain hauling

| Monday, December 22, 2003

The use of truck transportation to move crops to and from local and regional grain elevators is growing in rural Kansas, The Hutchinson News reported Dec. 18.

Roughly 37 percent of grain shipped from Kansas elevators traveled on trucks in 1990, Steven Bittel, executive director of the Kansas Rural Development Council, told the newspaper. By 2000, the figure had increased to 47 percent.

In addition, he said Class 1 railroads – those that transport products to national distribution points – increasingly use loaders compatible only with trucks.

Bittel said the use of trucks is coming at the expense of localized short-line railroads.

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