An essential step that must be taken in anticipating what freight transportation will be like in 2020 is to consider today's environment and how it developed. Whatever difficulties are associated with looking into the future, they will be all the more severe if the current situation is not accurately understood. Moreover, the powerful forces that have shaped and changed the current transport system are still at work and will remain at work into the future. The first section of this paper highlights the key recent trends and summarizes the resultant position of railroads and motor carriers in today's freight markets. In the second section, an assessment is made of where railroads and motor carriers might be in the future. It assumes that the seeds of the technologies and strategies that will be familiar in the year 2020 have already sprouted and are growing quietly.

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 329-353
  • Monograph Title: A LOOK AHEAD: YEAR 2020
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00486290
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0-309-04702-1
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-040 656
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 31 1989 12:00AM