RAILROADS AND THE TRANSPORTATION PROBLEM: SOME THOUGHTS ON STRATEGY AND POLITICAL ROLES

The railroad problem has been for long a symbol of failure--failure in public policy, in private industrial policy, in management, in technological application. The ICC comes in for a share of blame. It has not allowed the railroads to raise rates fast enough to match inflation; it has not allowed the railroads to lower their rates fast enough to meet competiton; it has allowed rail merger cases to get bogged down in extensive procedural activities; even while it was failing to take a comprehensive view of rail industry's regional and national structure. But many critics maintain that a principal problem with transport regulation is that it has been captured by the railroads and merely registers their wishes. Why, then, have they not wished for better things? History shows conclusively that the rail industry has not been rich in strategic thought.

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    American Society of Traffic and Transportation

    547 West Jackson Boulevard
    Chicago, IL  USA  60606
  • Authors:
    • Nupp, B L
  • Publication Date: 1973-12

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  • Accession Number: 00053881
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 7 1974 12:00AM