Railroads, the Free Enterprise Alternative

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13 CARRIER COMPANIES

The Free Enterprise Alternative proposes separation of rail carrier and fixed way functions. All rail roadways in a region would be owned by a regional roadway company, and several roadway companies would form the national roadway network. Many carriers of several different types would share use of the roadway network. Both elements--regional roadway companies and multiple types of carriers-are essential to the Free Enterprise Alternative.

Joint use of roadways offers carriers better routes, lower costs, and improved efficiency. Competition would be enhanced as a constructive market force. Several types of carriers (common, contract, and private) would encourage innovations in rates, service, and equipment.


TRADITIONAL RAIL SERVICE

The highway, water, and air modes all utilize fixed ways which are provided at public expense and made available to all who desire to use them. joint use of the fixed way facilitates competition among the carriers in each mode.

An industrial plant which ships or receives freight can locate adjacent to a major highway and obtain service from several common and contract carriers. If its shipments are exempt from economic regulation the firm can hire individual owner-operators and other exempt carriers. The firm can lease or buy its own trucks and engage in private carriage.

If the firm builds its plant along a navigable waterway, service is available from a number of common and contract water carriers. Towboats and barges are readily available for charter. The shipper can lease or buy vessels and provide its own private carriage.

If the firm needs air freight service, it can ship by several air cargo and air express common carriers. The firm can contract for air service. The shipper can exercise its private carriage option and fly its own aircraft.

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Table of contents

  • New Titles From Quorum Books ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Copyright Acknowledgments v
  • Contents ix
  • Figures xi
  • Tables xiii
  • Preface xv
  • Acknowledgments xvii
  • 1 - Development of The Railway 3
  • Notes 6
  • 2 - A Product of Necessity 9
  • Notes 13
  • 3 - Degrees Of Standardization 15
  • Notes 18
  • 4 - Changing Times, 4 Changing Needs 19
  • Notes 31
  • Appendix To Chapter 4 Tables 1-4 33
  • 5 - For Everyone Else: The Typical Transportation Industry Structure 41
  • Notes 53
  • 6 - Railroad Industry Structure 55
  • Notes 65
  • 7 - Aspects of Joint Use 67
  • Notes 73
  • 8 - Aspects of Innovation 75
  • Notes 87
  • 9: Economics And Structure 91
  • Appendix To Chapter 9 109
  • 10 - In Theory, in Congress 113
  • Notes 124
  • 11 - A Proposal 127
  • 12 - Roadway Companies 131
  • 13 - Carrier Companies 147
  • Notes 161
  • 14 - Terminals 163
  • 15 - Regulation 173
  • Notes 181
  • 16 - Opportunity For Innovation 183
  • Notes 192
  • Appendix To Chapter 16 Service Alternatives For Short-Haul Traffic 195
  • 17 - The Promise And The Prospects 199
  • Notes 204
  • 18 - A Logical Conclusion 207
  • Notes 210
  • Bibliography 211
  • Index 221
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