Individual freight effects, capacity utilization, and Amtrak service quality

This paper offers a new perspective on the post-deregulation rail industry. The authors hypothesize that a link exists between individual freight effects and Amtrak service quality. Specifically, the authors investigate the relationship between freight control of the infrastructure on which Amtrak trains operate and Amtrak train delays. The authors' sample consists of 1117 The authors found that freight effects have a significant impact on Amtrak train delays after controlling for other important delay determinants such as the capacity utilization rate. The impact is higher on long-distance routes. The authors also observed significant differences between the effects of different freight railroads. For example, Amtrak operations on infrastructure controlled by several Class I railroads experienced significantly larger delays than baseline operations, while Amtrak train delays on Burlington Northern and Santa Fe’s tracks actually fell below baseline levels.

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  • Accession Number: 01528445
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 3 2014 10:16AM