Freight Railroads: Industry Health Has Improved, but Concerns about Competition and Capacity Should Be Addressed Metadata

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Title

  • Main Title Freight Railroads: Industry Health Has Improved, but Concerns about Competition and Capacity Should Be Addressed

Creator

  • Author: United States. Government Accountability Office.
    Creator Type: Organization

Publisher

  • Name: United States. Government Accountability Office.
    Place of Publication: Washington D.C.

Date

  • Creation: 2006-10-06

Language

  • English

Description

  • Content Description: A letter report issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "The Staggers Rail Act deregulated the freight rail industry, relying on competition to set rates, and allowed for differential pricing (charging higher rates to those more dependent on rail). The act gave the Surface Transportation Board (STB) authority to develop remedies for shippers "captive" to one railroad and set a threshold for shippers to apply for rate relief. GAO was asked to review (1) changes in the railroad industry since the Staggers Rail Act, including rates and competition; (2) STB actions to address competition and captivity concerns and alternatives that could be considered; and (3) freight demand and capacity projections and potential federal policy responses. GAO examined STB data, conducted interviews, and held an expert panel."

Subject

  • Library of Congress Subject Headings: Government accountability -- United States.
  • Keyword: transportation
  • Keyword: justice and law enforcement
  • Keyword: freight railroads
  • Keyword: letter report

Coverage

  • Place Name: United States

Collection

  • Name: Government Accountability Office Reports
    Code: GAORT

Institution

  • Name: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
    Code: UNTGD

Rights

  • Rights License: pd

Resource Type

  • Report

Format

  • Text

Identifier

  • Report No.: GAO-07-94
  • Accession or Local Control No: 252495
  • URL: http://gao.gov/products/GAO-07-94
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc299286