While the Association of American Railroads has been developing a national freight car information system, proposals have been made for government assistance in its design and implementation through a government corporation which might also own and control freight cars. This articles examines two questions: Why has a national freight car information system not been introduced by the railroads at a faster pace? Are incentives for development of such a system less strong under existing conditions than they might be with a major government role in the development? The author lists seven institutional impediments to industry implementation, then warns that increased government involvement is not without its perils. The problem is summarized as not one of technology but of institutions and institutional rules and procedures; attempts at technological solutions to car utilization may be disappointing.

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    Eno Transportation Foundation

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  • Authors:
    • Windus, M L
  • Publication Date: 1976-1

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 23-40
  • Serial:
    • Traffic Quarterly
    • Volume: 30
    • Issue Number: 1
    • Publisher: Eno Transportation Foundation
    • ISSN: 0041-0713

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  • Accession Number: 00129854
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 10 1976 12:00AM