Technical Reports

Competitive Effects of Railroad Mergers

  • 01
  • Jan
  • 1999
AUTHOR: Curtis M. Grimm, Joseph J. Plaistow
OFFICE: RPD
REPORT NUMBER:
SUBJECT: Evaluation
KEYWORDS: Railroad Mergers, Competitive Effects
ABSTRACT: In the post-Staggers era, the U.S. railroad industry has experienced a significant number of mergers and a sharp reduction in the number of Class I rail carriers. This paper provides analysis of the competitive effects of these rail mergers, with a focus on Union Pacific -Southern Pacific, Burlington Northern-Santa Fe, and Southern Pacific-Santa Fe. Specifically, a methodology to quantify horizontal competitive effects of rail mergers is developed and applied to these mergers.
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