FRAMEWORK FOR PREDICTING EXTERNAL IMPACTS OF RAILROAD ABANDONMENT
Railroad abandonment applications submitted to the I.C.C. for disposition have traditionally been supported by substantial evidence accumulated by the railroads' legal staffs. Individual users and communities faced with the loss of railroad service have lacked the organization and expertise to present effective counter arguments. In order to attain a more even balance between contending parties, abandonment proceedings should consider the impacts on shippers, consumer prices, industrial development, other transport modes, and the environment. In this report, issues in these areas are examined from the viewpoint of transport economics and technology, business logistics, and industrial location theory. The report presents recommendations concerning the organization of the analysis process. In particular, effective analysis requires coordination of all of the evidence, preferably by qualified personnel at the regional or state level who would develop expertise in this area.
- This research was sponsored by Office of University Research, DOT.
Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyDepartment of Civil Engineering, 77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA United States 02139
Department of TransportationOffice of University Research, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC United States 20590
- Humphrey, T J
- Publication Date: 1975-3
- Features: References; Tables;
- Pagination: 84 p.
- TRT Terms: Abandonment; Branch lines; Economic analysis; Economic development; Needs assessment; Policy; Regulations; Social factors; Socioeconomic factors
- Identifier Terms: U.S. Interstate Commerce Commission
- Uncontrolled Terms: Industrial development
- Old TRIS Terms: Government policies; Government regulations
- Subject Areas: Economics; Law; Policy; Railroads; Society;
- Accession Number: 00098075
- Record Type: Publication
- Source Agency: Department of Transportation
- Report/Paper Numbers: DOT-TST-75-78 Tech. Rpt.
- Contract Numbers: DOT-OS-40002
- Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
- Created Date: Aug 13 1975 12:00AM