Although there is general agreement on the overall aim of the public interest in transportation planning--which is to provide service to the people, areas, and institutions needing it--there appears to be a problem with rail planning. An examination of the legal backdrop against which planning is conducted suggests that the states should play an active role in the planning process, that many of the federal government's objectives are in conflict, and that not all of the multiple objectives of the public interest are of equal importance. The critical issues are improving railroad economics and determining the impact of decreased or increased service on specific areas. While the federal government is looking at pricing, production, and plant, the states should concentrate on plant. State highway planning has long been in effect; state rail planning is long overdue.

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Pagination: pp 13-14
  • Monograph Title: Rail planning
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00184681
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309026857
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Dec 29 1978 12:00AM