Economic and institutional aspects of intermodalism are discussed from the viewpoint of a fully integrated Canadian multimodal transport owner and operator. The development of Canadian Pacific Ltd. into the world's only fully intermodal transport enterprise and the Canadian institutional and regulatory environment in which it operates are described. Intermodal ownership has not been destructive to transportation competition in Canada, and Intermodal ownership was of considerable importance in the early achievement of intermodal handling of traffic there. The organization of an intermodal transport enterprise is discussed, the most workable format apparently being a fairly loosely structured company with all modes represented by self-standing profit centers that operate and market independently. Corporate management only sets overall policies and guidelines, allocates capital and personnel, and sorts out serious conflicts. This type of organization, with all its inherent conflicts, is to be preferred with a tightly structured and highly centralized system. Neither intermodalism nor multimodal ownership offers easy answers to the very serious problems facing the investor-owned transport industry. /Author/

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Pagination: pp 64-67
  • Monograph Title: Rail planning
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00184691
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309026857
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Dec 29 1978 12:00AM