- Can It Be Made
- by, Gordon Gill
- The railroad industry
in the United States has undergone many changes in the
- past decade, including
the 1971 start-up of Amtrak, the National Railroad Passenger
Corporation. Due to the continued reliance on government subsidies,
Amtrak's role in transportation had been highly controversial.
- A number of texts have
addressed the issue of Amtrak's history, but Gordon Gill has
undertaken tremendous research and produced Amtrak's Long
Distance Service: Can it Be Made Viable?, a book which examines
scholarly studies devoted to rail passenger economics, analyzes
the shortcomings of Amtrak's competitors, critiques other evaluations
of Amtrak's worth to American public, assesses Amtrak's market
penetration deficiencies, surveys selected markets suitable for
inter city rail passenger service, and plans for a national route
structure that provides benefits which justify a reasonable level
of government assistance. It is Gill's hope that Amtrak's
Long Distance Service: Can It Be Made Viable? will prove
useful to policy makers in their reexamination of the nation's
economic priorities at a time when public expenditures of all
kinds are increasingly open to scrutiny.
- About the Author
- Gorodn Gill received
his bachelor of science in business administration from the University
of Maryland, where he majored in the economics of transportation.
- While employed in the
railroad industry, he rose to a mid-level managerial position
in which-after passing his examination to practice before the
Interstate Commerce Commission-he prepared evidence and testified
in legal proceedings relative to the reasonableness of freight
and passenger rates and charges. Later he joined the professional
staff of the I.C.C. and assisted in drafting formal decisions.
- Gill is now a professional
consultant and author, and he resides in Fairfax County, Virginia.
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