This report examines the financial outlook for ConRail, the railroad entity established under the Regional Rail Reorganization Act of 1973, using the background data developed by the United States Railway Association combined with inputs from key parties and independent analysts. Assessment is made of how the decisive factors in the following areas might be expected to develop between 1975 and 1985: (1) How fast ConRail revenues might grow; (2) Whether ConRail can reduce its operating expenses per unit of freight handled; (3) How much must be paid to acquire capital assets of the bankrupts and upgrade the plant to better and lower cost service. Possible outcomes are weighed in terms of three critical financial conditions: (1) What federal subsidy is needed to start and sustain ConRail? (2) It is realistic to plan on an income-based reorganization that would allow a shift from public to private ownership? (3) If ConRail were to encounter financial problems more severe than contemplated by USRA, what are the alternatives?

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    • Prepared under contract by Energy and Environmental Analysis, Inc.
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    United States Congress

    Office of Technology Assessment
    Washington, DC  United States  20510
  • Publication Date: 1975-9

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  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 74 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00141557
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Contract Numbers: OTA-C-19
  • Files: NTL, TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 3 1976 12:00AM