FormD wrote:No but publicy owned tracks means that if someone wants to push it in the courts could be open access has the goverment can not limited a public highway to one carrier. Can the NJ turnpike say only JB hunt can run on its road.
Huge difference. As was said before me, once a contract is written for an operator, one is required to re-negotiate it, and then apply to the STB. Look at the mess East Peoria had with evicting one operator for another in a adverse discontinuance case. That took almost two years, and a lot of money. And the customer had the final say in all of it, as it should be.
Open access, like it or not, is not guaranteed to do a darned thing other than complicate an already difficult situation. While we are not privy to rates actually charged in trackage rights now a days, it has been said the host carrier is not making enough to re-invest in the line. Especially a lightly trafficked line. In time, such lines, which many utilities are located on, will sink into the mud without that needed re-investment. Utility doesn't care, they want 1980's level rates and perfect service.