The enactment of the 3R and 4R Acts by Congress led the states to develop rail plans in order to qualify for federal assistance for the retention of lines excluded from Conrail or subsequently abandoned. Most states have now issued their plans, and the 3R area states have completed their third updates. The states differ very widely in their attitudes toward the excluded and endangered light traffic lines. The New England states, most Mid-Atlantic states, and several midwest states have played an active role in attempting to save light traffic lines. Several of the western and southern states, however, have been unsympathetic to any active state role in retaining lines that would otherwise be abandoned. Examination of the excluded and endangered lines on the basis of information in the state rail plans shows considerable mileage with benefits of retention in excess of costs, but many of these require continuing subsidy. Most states, however, regard the subsidy program as only transitional and are emphasizing rehabilitation of lines rather than operating subsidies.

  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

    Bureau of Economic and Business Research, 428 Commerce West
    Urbana, IL  United States  61801
  • Authors:
    • Due, J F
  • Publication Date: 1979

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  • Accession Number: 00309953
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 21 1980 12:00AM