Regulation of Intermodal Rate Competition in Transportation

The controversy over intermodal rate competition comprehends both legal and economic issues. Clarity requires that each be explicitly stated and separately treated. The legal issues center on the meaning of section 15a(3) of the Interstate Commerce Act and the declaration of the National Transportation Policy that precedes the Act, which are the sources of the Commission’s authority. The economic issues involve the effect on resource allocation of rate-making proposals devised to carry out these provisions of the Act.