It is concluded that the U.S. transportation system may not be capable of meeting the needs of a growing America for the following reasons: Present levels of private and public investment will not preserve the existing system; Demand for transportation will grow dramatically, exceeding population growth by 9 times for freight and 4 times for Passengers; Capital investment needed to meet this growth by the year 2000 exceeds $4 trillion with over $1 trillion from the public sector; Government overregulation is inhibiting return on investment necessary to attract capital for future growth; A maze of federal agencies, congressional committees and conflicting policies is driving up costs and retarding innovation; Highway fatalities could increase 45 percent by 2000; Energy policy impedes production of oil, coal and other forms of energy so as to endanger transportation's ability to keep up with demand. In this summary are 33 of the 80 recommendations approved by the Commission covering the following areas: Government organization; Economic regulation; Non-economic regulation; Ownership and operation; Finance, pricing and taxation; Planning and information; Energy.

  • Corporate Authors:

    National Transportation Policy Study Commission

    2000 M Street, NW, Suite 3000
    Washington, DC  United States  20036
  • Publication Date: 1979-6

Media Info

  • Features: Tables;
  • Pagination: 32 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00196570
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 15 1979 12:00AM