Berth Rates Up

After only two weeks' deliberation, the Interstate Commerce Commission last week granted the Pullman Co. an increase in berth rate's (TIME, Sept. 8), from 1% to 48.9%, depending on the type of sleeping service and distance traveled. The boosts will amount to about $13 million a year. The company had claimed it needed them to offset increasing costs and decreasing traffic.

As no public hearings had been held, ICC allowed 20 days for anyone to challenge the increases. By week's end no one had. But Railroader Robert R. Young, whose Chesapeake & Ohio is one of the 57 railroads that...

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