PRODUCTIVITY CHANGES IN CANADIAN AIR AND RAIL TRANSPORT IN THE LAST TWO DECADES

The Research Branch of the Canadian Transport Commission has issued two studies measuring productivity increases for rail and air carriers. Total output and all inputs, including capital, labor, fuel, other materials and services, are quantified. Physical measures of inputs and outputs are used wherever possible with only capital input for rail carriers and other materials for both modes having to be measured in value terms. Over two decades (1956-1975) Canadian Pacific and Canadian National had a combined rate of productivity increase of 3 per cent compared with an annual rate of 1.6 per cent for the U.S. railroads. Level I Canadian air carriers (Air Canada and CP Air) had productivity increases of 4 per cent per annum and Level II regional air carriers increased at a 1 per cent rate. Further analysis would be needed to trace the cause of productivity gains--economy of scale and technological innovation are probable factors.

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    • Proceedings of the Twentieth Annual Meeting of The Transportation Research Forum, "Transportation Alternatives in a Changing Environment", held October 29-31, 1979, Drake Hotel, Chicago, Illinois.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Cross (Richard B) Company

    Oxford, Indiana,   USA  47971
  • Authors:
    • Hariton, G
    • ROY, R
  • Publication Date: 1979

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  • Accession Number: 00302340
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Vol. 20 No. 1 Proceeding
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 29 1979 12:00AM