Road and Rail Freight: Competitors or Complements?

Road and rail freight: competitors or complements?

Publication Type:
Information Sheet 34

Publication Subject(s):

Department ID:
08470

ISSN:
1836-697X

Release Date:
July 2009

Up until the early 1960s, railways dominated all but the shortest land-based freight task. Since then, vast improvements in road vehicle productivity and road infrastructure quality, the gradual removal of regulations restricting road freight carriage and the exponential growth in interstate trade has broadened the range of freight tasks for which road is better suited than rail.

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