Australia is a country comparable to the U.S. in many ways, although its principal railroads are under government ownership. Australian regulation had been far more protective of the railways than U.S. regulation, but starting in 1954 for interstate commerce, and after 1963 for certain intrastate transport, this concept has been adandoned or relaxed. Specific experiences in interstate and intrastate competition are described. The author concludes that Australian experience should not discourage Congress from deregulating surface modes. The U.S. dependence on value-of-service rate structures would decrease; railway services and plant would be rationalized, or losing services be supported for social-service ends, by federal or other government agencies; long-term solutions to the railroad "problem" would be expedited. Unresolved in Australia is whether highway trucking pays fully for public costs of highway services demanded and used, and for the differential social costs occasioned. Deregulation should promote real movement toward efficient allocation of traffic and resources in surface transport.

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    American Society of Traffic and Transportation

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  • Authors:
    • NELSON, J C
  • Publication Date: 1976-12

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  • Accession Number: 00150410
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Conf Paper
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 17 1977 12:00AM