THE ROLE OF THE PASSENGER TRAIN IN THE UNITED STATES: A COST COMPARISON OF THE COMMON CARRIERS

The objective of this article is to establish whether the train ahs a role to play in the market for intercity passenger travel in the U.S. To accomplish this objective, the author compares the common carriers on the basis of their cost effectiveness in moving a given flow of passengers between two points a specified distance apart. The comparisons are based on cost models which highlight the technological differences between the modes and eliminate distortions caused by public policy choices. It was found that the cost of the right-of-way is the major factor limiting the range of travel situations in which the train is cost competitive with the other common carriers. Results indicate that Amtrak's service in the Northeast Corridor should be continued in the short run. In the long run, the possibility of upgrading Amtrak's service in the Northeast Corridor to high-speed service should be investigated.

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    Pergamon Press, Incorporated

    Headington Hill Hall
    Oxford OX30BW,    
  • Authors:
    • O'Dea, W P
  • Publication Date: 1991-11

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  • Accession Number: 00618540
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 31 1992 12:00AM