A REVIEW OF NATIONAL RAILROAD ISSUES
This review is based on the Final System plan establishing Consolidated Rail Corporation (Conrail) out of the financially distressed railroads of the Northeast. National railroad issues considered by Congressional committees in preparing and implementing legislation for Conrail are examined with the view of maximizing the utility of the System Plan. The legislative package addressing the industry problems identified in this study would include a selective program of federal assistance for rehabilitiation of the railroad fixed plant, legislation of permit restructuring of the industry and to permit the federal government to react rationally to industry-initiated proposals, rate reform which will allow some ratemaking flexibility while minimizing disruptive effects within and outside the industry, and dealing with problems of branch line losses and discriminatory taxation.
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- Prepared at the request of the United States Committee on Commerce.
United States CongressOffice of Technology Assessment
Washington, DC United States 20510
- Publication Date: 1975-12
- Features: Appendices;
- Pagination: 70 p.
- TRT Terms: Abandonment; Bankruptcy; Branch lines; Deregulation; Legislation; Mergers; Policy; Rate making; Taxation
- Identifier Terms: Conrail
- Geographic Terms: Northeastern United States
- Old TRIS Terms: Government policies; Regional rail reorganization act
- Subject Areas: Finance; Law; Policy; Railroads;
- Accession Number: 00130986
- Record Type: Publication
- Source Agency: United States Congress
- Report/Paper Numbers: OTA-T-14
- Files: NTL, TRIS
- Created Date: May 14 1976 12:00AM