The Staggers Rail Act of 1980 is moving U.S. railroads into a new environment governed much more by competition and the principles of economics, a significant change from the regulated atmosphere that has prevailed for this century. Three articles analyze this new, less-regulated era. Loosening the Grip by F.S. Mitchell discusses the rate-making freedom which finds mixed reaction from shippers and optimism on the part of railroads. We Now Have the Tools by F. E. Shaffer examines contract rates; railroads are urging shippers to shop around but they must now have knowledge of their exact costs. Variable Costs Unlocking the Future by B. Paul describes the revenue-to-variable-cost ratio which gained an institutional role in the Staggers Act, telling why it is so important along with the ratio of variable-to-fixed costs. The Uniform Rail Costing System is replacing the Rail Form A method for determining costs.

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    Cahners Publishing Company, Incorporated

    Watson Publications, 5 South Wabash Avenue
    Chicago, IL  United States  60603
  • Publication Date: 1981-4

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  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 32-42
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  • Accession Number: 00334429
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 12 1981 12:00AM