Title

TRANSPORTATION IN GERMANY: A HISTORICAL OVERVIEW

Authors

Paul Baron

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

1995

Subject Area

planning - history, mode - rail, mode - mass transit

Keywords

Transit, Railways, Railroads, Public transit, Political factors, Political aspects, Mass transit, Local transit, History, Germany

Abstract

This article gives an overview of the present transport situation in the Federal Republic of Germany in light of historical developments. It shows that most of the present problems have their roots in earlier political decisions and that billions of U.S. dollars were and will be wasted for prestigious investment projects of which the economic feasibility was never correctly assessed. This article also deals with the issue of transforming two national railway companies into one commercial enterprise and delegating the responsibility for national railway public companies into one commercial enterprise and delegating the responsibility for national railway public transport to local authorities. The author takes a critical view of the past and present developments.

Comments

Transportation Research Part A Home Page: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/09658564