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  • sl1pp3ry_pete sl1pp3ry_pete Sep 12, 2011 8:11 PM Flag

    East Coast Monopoly

    Does this company have a monopoly on the east coast?

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    • No. This was just posted in the last 24 hours, however, about recent discussions at the STB. To me, this article reads like a slight bias embracing the shipper views.

      To me, this sums up the entire argument starting with a paraphrase from Mike Ward:

      "If shippers don't want to use trains, he says matter-of-factly, they can use trucks. Fournier counters that trucks aren't a viable option; both M&G and its customers have built their supply chains around rail."

      Just asking...if trucks aren't a viable option...what does that mean? They're even more expensive than rail? Kinda sounds like somebody that just wants to pay less.

      • 1 Reply to mt_fornax
      • CSX & the other railroads over the past 10 years has leased branch lines and under used mainlines to shortline railroads. I don't understand the meaning of captive customer with the complaints that only one track one railroad haves availability to a shipper. That doesn't make sense other then to try and hap heartedly argue of a monopoly. It's not like NS is going to build a 25-30+ mile long branch line off their mainline and visa versa. Most of these customers knew who would service them seeing the railroads were there before the factories/plants were built. As for shipping rates I was always thought that was done by the American Association of Railroads (AAR) to maintain industry standards.

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