IMPROVING RAILROAD PRODUCTIVITY

THE ORIGINS OF THE RAILROAD PROBLEM, AS OUTLINED IN THIS REPORT, RESIDE IN THE FACT THAT THE ECONOMY IS EXPANDING IN AREAS THAT DO NOT TYPICALLY PRODUCE MUCH NEW TRAFFIC OF A TYPE SUITED TO THE CONVENTIONAL FORM OF RAIL TRANSPORT. THE RETURN TO CAPITAL IN THE INDUSTRY HAS SUFFERED THE CONSEQUENCES OF THE SQUEEZE BETWEEN LAGGING PRODUCTIVITY AND RISING COSTS. THE POTENTIALITIES OF CONTAINERIZATION, AND THE PROBLEMS THAT INHIBIT ITS DEVELOPMENT, ARE EXPLORED. THE CASE FOR REGULATORY MODERNIZATION IS PRESENTED AND AND SOLUTIONS FOR ELIMINATING THE REMAINING CONSTRAINTS ON LABOR UTILIZATION ARE DISCUSSED. A NUMBER OF INNOVATIONS THAT CAN HELP THE INDUSTRY TO REDUCE COSTS, IMPROVE SERVICE AND STIMULATE TRAFFIC GROWTH ARE IDENTIFIED. THE EMPHASIS SHOULD BE ON STRUCTURAL AND OPERATIONAL REFORMS THAT FURTHER THE GOALS OF IMPROVED FACTOR PRODUCTIVITY AND SPEEDIER ADAPTATION TO CHANGES IN THE FREIGHT MARKET, WITH PUBLIC FUNDS BEING USED ONLY AS THEY ENCOURAGE AND FACILITATE THE NECESSARY REFORMS.

  • Corporate Authors:

    U.S. Task Force On Rr Productivity

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  • Publication Date: 1973-11

Media Info

  • Pagination: 329 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00201097
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Final Rept
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 19 1974 12:00AM