Transportation: Unloading the Express

Since the end of World War II, the Railway Express Agency and its rum bling green trucks have been rolling toward a dead end. Jointly owned by 58 railroads, the sprawling company has been plagued by inefficiency and red tape. The main reason: its ties to railroads impose on it the same night marish maze of regulations that the Interstate Commerce Commission ap plies to REA's parents. Without special ICC permission, REA cannot haul goods from city to city by truck; instead it must put the goods on a train — no mat ter how bad the connection —...

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