TRUCK-RAIL INTERMODALISM--COMPETITOR OR COMPLIMENTOR

For two and one-half years the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has been engaged in a research project entitled the "National Intermodal Network Feasibility Study." FRA is charged with promotion of the private sector rail industry, providing input to Federal Transportation policy decisions, and regulation of the private sector rail industry in safety matters. There has been an alarming decline in rail market share over the past few years. This loss has been particularly acute in the area of manufactured goods, a market that is highly service sensitive. In its analysis of the Northeast rail crisis one thing that became clear to FRA analysts--a key element of the railroad revival would be large amounts of new revenue. The most promising source of new revenue appeared to be in the recapture of high yield merchandise traffic. The question was thus posed, "Is it feasible for the railroads to offer a rail-highway service that is both service and cost competitive utilizing the best features of both highways and railways?" The study, in cooperation with a liaison committee made up of railway intermodal officers, was divided into several areas.

  • Corporate Authors:

    International Railway Congress Association

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    1000 Brussels,   Belgium 
  • Authors:
    • DeBoer, D J
  • Publication Date: 1975-2

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  • Accession Number: 00095672
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 15 1975 12:00AM