The regulatory framework surrounding the transportation industry is complex and the absence of any easy resolution of contemporary problems fostered by competitive abuse can be appreciated only by viewing the development and application of administrative powers initiated by the Act to Regulate Commerce.Although the Interstate Commerce Commission has supervised the competitive arena , the age and condition of the Great Lakes fleet manifests water carrier inability to overcome railroad economic power. The viability and future existence of the Great Lakes water carrier could well be determined by a Commission decision in a in a current coal case which represents the most serious in a long history of rail attacks on waterborne traffic.
Arthur E. Miller,
ICC Jurisdiction of Great Lakes Rail-Water Competition,
19 Clev. St. L. Rev.
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