THE IMPACT OF THE 4-R ACT RAILROAD RATEMAKING PROVISIONS

This study, prepared in accordance with Section 202(g) of the 4R Act, examines changes in rate regulation aimed at developing an efficient and financially stable railway system. Studies include effects on shippers and carriers in all modes and proposes further regulatory and legislative changes. Evaluations are made of market dominance; of distinct services; of seasonal, peak and regional rates; of the Seven Percentum provision; and of carrier and shipper responses. It is concluded that different portions of Section 202 vary in their potential effect and are unlikely to cause fundamental ratemaking changes until carriers have time to adopt innovative pricing policies; that general rate increases discourage experimental ratemaking; that information requirements may delay use of 202 provisions; and that so far railroads have taken few actions under the experimental rate provisions.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • A Report to Congress as Directed by Section 202 of the Railroad Revitalization and Regulatory Reform Act of 1976.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Interstate Commerce Commission

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  • Publication Date: 1977-10-5

Media Info

  • Features: Tables;
  • Pagination: 172 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00168105
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Interstate Commerce Commission
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 13 1978 12:00AM