THE ECONOMIC EFFECTS OF RAIL ABANDONMENT ON COMMUNITIES: A CASE STUDY

This is a study of the possible deterioration of the economic base of ten smaller communities that have lost their rail service during the past 40 years. Indications are that the short-run and long-run adverse economic effects will not be significant. While transportation costs did increase on many commodities, sellers and buyers of affected products accepted the higher expenditures and remained in the community. The consumer was forced to accept a heavier burden of the increased cost than the seller. In all cases, the attractiveness of the community as a site for industrial developments for many firms was reduced. Since this cannot be measured, it cannot be introduced into ICC considerations of abandonments but, the author feels, may be significant.

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    American Society of Traffic and Transportation

    547 West Jackson Boulevard
    Chicago, IL  USA  60606
  • Authors:
    • Allen, B J
  • Publication Date: 1975-9

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  • Accession Number: 00127866
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 4 1976 12:00AM