A CONTEST FOR LEADERSHIP

This article views the present railroad problems and the Northeastern Railroad Crisis and asks the question: "Are FRA, ICC, and AAR up to the job?" It is suggested by some that the ICC be done away with. FRA has a "reregulation" concept. Railroads have viewed FRA's passenger research as no help and its new standards for safety as costly incursion into their private affairs. ICC criticizes the railroads for being unable to agree on issues vital to their future. Some see the FRA as the best hope for the industry. A question for FRA is whether to add to its missions. Some FRA research is viewed as counterproductive from a freight viewpoint. FRA points out that the economy of the steel wheel on the steel rail can be wiped out in terminal costs. Polls reveal that people do not respect railroad management, and some think the government could do a better job. AAR, although on a lower budget, now commands greater respect, and is preparing for TRAIN II. The article concludes with recommendations for FRA, ICC, and AAR action.

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    Cahners Publishing Company, Incorporated

    5 South Wabash Avenue
    Chicago, IL  USA  60603
  • Authors:
    • Roberts, R
  • Publication Date: 1973-9

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 90-94
  • Serial:
    • Modern Railroads
    • Volume: 28
    • Issue Number: 9
    • Publisher: K-III Press, Incorporated
    • ISSN: 0736-2064

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00047975
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 31 1974 12:00AM