Railroads can strengthen their competitive and financial position through a program of rationalization that improves service levels or increases operating efficiency. Nevertheless, rationalization proposals are difficult to implement because the various interest groups perceive different costs and benefits, a situation that leads to protests, delay, and perhaps cancellation. This report presents a methodology designed to promote a more effective planning process. The methodology includes a conceptual framework, a set of planning guidelines, a recommended planning procedure, and a review of supply and demand models. By using this methodology, railroads will be more apt to find the best rationalization strategy by spending more time on analysis and negotiation and less on non-productive disputes.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Prepared for the Program of University Research of the U.S. Department of Transportation.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Department of Civil Engineering, 77 Massachusetts Avenue
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02139
  • Authors:
    • Martland, C D
    • Terziev, M N
  • Publication Date: 1976-1

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 147 p.
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 18

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00174345
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Report/Paper Numbers: MIT-R77-12 Final Rpt.
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 31 1978 12:00AM