Despite the legislation and bureaucratic structure that controls the railroads and the inability or unwillingness of management to use pricing as a primary means of adjustment to changing technology, railroads have retained many inherent advantages as a transport mode. In elements such as time, convenience, public esteem and political power they have moved down in the hierarchy of values common to the U.S. public. The potential of railroads in reducing both energy costs and pollution can be realized only through efforts capable of overcoming all the interests that have gained by keeping railroads from becoming more competitive. The author concludes that whatever is done to shift freight and passenger traffic to railroads will become piecemeal.

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    • Proceedings of the conference held at the University of Wisconsin, May 6-8, 1974, sponsored by the Federal Railroad Administration and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation contained in "The Role of U.S. Railroads in Meeting the Nation's Energy Requirements."
  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Wisconsin, Madison

    Graduate School of Business
    Madison, WI  United States  53706
  • Authors:
    • Cottrell, F
  • Publication Date: 1974-10

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  • Accession Number: 00072577
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Federal Railroad Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Proc Paper
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Dec 31 1976 12:00AM