Open Access in a Challenging Market

In this article the author discusses Poland’s Rail Polska rail freight business open access operator in terms of its recent growth. In 2006, the company’s trains handled 1.5 million tons of freight, reflecting a 55 percent increase from the previous year. The company also in that year began its first cross-border freighting to Germany, and now carries seven trainloads of cars per month. The Polish competition for the market is described, with only one main competitor in the open access field among the 67 freight licenses in the country. This competitor, however, is scheduled to be privatized with uncertain resulting economic conditions, although the article speculates that nationally held companies have advantages over full open access operators. The article also discusses general challenges to open access as well as some prospective future issues it will need to confront.


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  • Accession Number: 01044841
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 12 2007 11:38AM