Transportation Problems and Policies in the Trans-Missouri West

Transportation Problems and Policies in the Trans-Missouri West

Transportation Problems and Policies in the Trans-Missouri West

Transportation Problems and Policies in the Trans-Missouri West

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This volume contains the papers presented at a workshop on transportation sponsored jointly by the Great Plains Resource Economics Committee and the Western Marketing Research Committee. This conference was held at Denver, November 30 to December 2, 1965. It grew from a general awareness in the western states of a need for more insight into agricultural transportation problems. The purpose of the workshop was to examine the economic aspects of the transportation of agricultural and manufactured products both out of and into the 17 western states as a factor affecting their competitive position and development. It is hoped that this effort will help stimulate needed research and educational programs, improvements in regulatory work, passage of such legislation as may have merit, such adjustments and rates as may be warranted, a more competitive position for the area, and a better understanding in general of transportation as an economic factor in the trans‐ Missouri west.

Each author contributing to this volume was invited to do so because of his interest and competence in a particular area in transportation. Each is an outstanding economist in his own area; however, not all are transportation economists per se. Thus the reader will note that transportation problems take on different dimensions as viewed from the vantage points of the different contributors. Some are primarily interested in the functioning of the transportation sector itself; others view transportation as only one of the functions in the overall sequence of production and marketing.

As one acquaints himself with the views presented by the several authors of these chapters he will soon become aware that unanimity does not reign on some of the issues that are posed. Clashes of opinion occurred in the conference, and they are less dramatically . . .

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