THE TRANSPORTATION COMPANY: AN ECONOMIC INEVITABILITY

THE BASIS OF THE SO-CALLED TRANSPORTATION PROBLEM WHICH HAS PLAGUED THE NATION FOR SOME YEARS IS THE UNCOORDINATED AND EXCESSIVELY COMPETITIVE OPERATIONS OF TRANSPORT AGENCIES SUBJECT TO DIVERSIFIED REGULATORY ACTS, DIFFERENT COMMISSIONS, AND UNRELATED PROMOTIONAL ACTIVITIES. UNTIL SUCH TIME AS A COORDINATED TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM IS ORGANIZED TO FUNCTION UNDER INTEGRATED REGULATION, REVISIONS WILL SERVE PRIMARLY AS PALLIATIVES. SOLUTIONS PUT FORTH IN RECENT YEARS USUALLY REVOLVE AROUND FOUR PROPOSALS OR COMBINATIONS OF THESE PROPOSALS. THERE ARE (1) CONSOLIDATION OF ADMINISTRATION UNDER ONE REGULATORY BODY, (2) THE MERGER OF REGULATORY AND PROMOTIONAL ACTIVITY, (3) UNIFORMITY OF REGULATION FOR ALL TRANSPORT AGENCIES, AND (4) A SELECTIVE OVERHAUL OF THE EXISTING PATTERN WITH A VIEW TO PLACING GREATER EMPHASIS ON COMPETITION AND LESS ON CONTROL. EXTENSIVE COMPETITION AND EXTENSIVE REGULATION ARE IN THEMSELVES CONTRADICTORY. IT IS SUGGESTED, THEN, THAT THE ULTIMATE SOLUTION MAY LIE IN A CHANGE IN THE ECONOMIC STRUCTURE OF THE FIRMS OFFERING TRANSPORT SERVICE, WHICH WILL ELIMINATE INTERAGENCY COMPETITION AND PROVIDE A BASIS FOR UNIFORMITY OF SUCH REGULATION AS MIGHT BE REQUIRED. THESE TRANSPORTATION COMPANIES WOULD UTILIZE ALL OR SEVERAL FORMS OF TRANSPORT. THE MANAGEMENT OF SUCH COMPANIES SHOULD BE IN A POSITION TO SELECT THE MEANS OF TRANSPORT BEST SUITED, FROM THE STANDPOINT OF SERVICE AND ECONOMY, FOR THE VARIOUS OPERATING AND DEMAND SITUATIONS ENCOUNTERED. THE TRANSPORTATION COMPANY, THEREFORE, IS AN AGENCY IN WHICH COORDINATED TRANSPORT SERVICE CAN BE EFFECTIVELY ACCOMPLISHED. /AUTHOR/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Vol 39, pp 39-45, 4 REF
  • Authors:
    • Melton, L J
  • Publication Date: 1960

Media Info

  • Monograph Title: Proceedings of the Thirty-Ninth Annual Meeting of the Highway Research Board, Washington, D.C., January 11-15, 1960
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00200482
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-002 276
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Aug 29 1971 12:00AM