The General Accounting Office (GAO) has released a deeply flawed study of the costs and benefits of expanding the operations of longer combination vehicles (LCVs): the double and triple trailer trucks whose expansion was frozen by Congress in the 1991 Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act ["Longer Combination Trucks: Potential Infrastructure Impacts, Productivity Benefits, and Safety Concerns", GAO/RCED-94-106, August 1994 (TRIS 664318)]. The report repeats GAO's past finding that LCVs raise serious safety concerns. But other aspects of the report are defective and misleading. Among the report's most severe problems are: Failure to recognize that political forces would inevitably transform the small, tightly regulated LCV system envisioned by GAO into a nationwide network; Severe underestimation of the volume of freight that LCVs would divert from railroads; Understating the infrastructure repair costs and other highway finance problems that LCVs would impose on government and motorists; and Complete neglect of the public's well-justified fear and dislike of sharing the highways with LCVs. This report discusses these points in more detail.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Association of American Railroads

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  • Authors:
    • Lane, L L
  • Publication Date: 1994-10-12


  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: 7 p.
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 1
    • Issue Number: 7
    • Publisher: Association of American Railroads

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00713013
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 16 1995 12:00AM