Probing Railroads With the AAR's Harvey A. Levine

March 1995
Transportation Quarterly;Spring95, Vol. 49 Issue 2, p41
Academic Journal
The phenomenal turn around of U.S. railroads over the past ten years in productivity, marketing and earnings — to name a few of the more prominent benchmarks — is indeed the result of re-engineering, re-inventing or whatever other new-age term you would care to give it. Most would agree that economic deregulation at the federal level certainly was the key impetus behind this grand turnaround. But there's a lot more to it than just that. Downsizing, mergers and a host of other complex changes were instituted along the way that resulted in a freight railroad system second to none anywhere in the world. Harvey Levine, vice president of the Economics, Policy and Statistics Department of the Association of American Railroads, graciously offered to help put all this into proper perspective in this issue to TQ. He also provides a pretty good glimpse of what lies ahead for U.S. railroads.


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