THE ECONOMIC JUSTIFICATION FOR DEMAND LEVELING PRICING IN THE RAIL INDUSTRY
The paper provides a non-technical discussion of peak-load pricing principles and their application to accomplish demand leveling in the rail industry. The economic justification for demand-responsive rail rates is explained and the improvements which would result from their implementation is discussed. The economic impact of existing regulatory pricing policies on freight car utilization is examined and evaluated. Results of the paper show that poor pricing principles have generated substantial inefficiencies for the rail industry and that freight car utilization would be greatly improved by flexible, demand-responsive rail rates.
Washington, DC United States 20590
- BERGLUND, M F
- Publication Date: 1977-12
- Pagination: 20 p.
- TRT Terms: Car utilization (Railroads); Congestion pricing; Demand; Economic analysis; Freight transportation; Peak periods; Pricing; Rate making; Regulations; User charges
- Uncontrolled Terms: Justification
- Old TRIS Terms: Government regulations; Peak capacities
- Subject Areas: Economics; Finance; Freight Transportation; Law; Railroads;
- Accession Number: 00196927
- Record Type: Publication
- Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
- Report/Paper Numbers: FRA-OPPD-78/5 Final Rpt.
- Files: TRIS, USDOT
- Created Date: Aug 28 1979 12:00AM