The relationship between car costs and traffic is particularly relevant to railroad management decisions. The author observes that there are factors which are unaccounted for in traditioal accounting. It is suggested that linear programming might be applied to obtain the maximization of profits. Another approach is the investment model. This model has its place where the disaggregative type of data required for linear programming is not available. While more research should be conducted to develop both approaches for application estimating investment unit costs, there is a greater payoff to railroad management in emphasizing linear programming or, by extension, the operations research approach.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This paper is from Transportation in Focus, Proceedings of the Fifteenth Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Forum, San Francisco, California, 10-12 October 1974.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Cross (Richard B) Company

    Oxford, Indiana,   United States  47971
  • Authors:
    • Ventura, J S
  • Publication Date: 1974

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  • Accession Number: 00072721
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Forum
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Proc Paper
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 9 1975 12:00AM