THE COAL DILEMMA: RAILROAD NEEDS VS USER DEMANDS

The rates which should be imposed for moving a growing U.S. coal traffic by rail presents problems for Interstate Commerce Commission. While "reasonable" rates are necessary if coal is to make its contribution to national energy policy, this or other traffic cannot move indefinitely over railroads not receiving sufficient revenue to survive. Since determination of fully allocated costs is not possible and regulatory restraints have not been removed, ICC has made a rather arbitrary allowance over allocated costs of railroads for coal. Ultimately the author sees contract rates, an end of compensation necessary for current regulatory burdens, and a clarification of policy on differential pricing for rail services. The effects of deregulation and of coal slurry pipelines are also discussed.

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    Simmons-Boardman Publishing Corporation

    508 Birch Street
    Bristol, CT  United States  06010
  • Authors:
    • Gaskins Jr, D W
  • Publication Date: 1980-4-28

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  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 40-41
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  • Accession Number: 00312405
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 22 1980 12:00AM