The Benefits of Separating Rail Infrastructure from Operations

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https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/handle/10986/9427
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Viewpoint
dc.contributor.author
Thompson, Louis S.
dc.date.accessioned
2012-08-13T15:24:09Z
dc.date.available
2012-08-13T15:24:09Z
dc.date.issued
1997-12
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2017-12-14T04:35:01Z
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The author offers a number of reasons for separating rail infrastructure from operations: to reduce unit costs, to create intrarail competition, to better focus on the services to be provided, to clarify public policy, and to strike a better balance between the roles of the public and private sectors. Moreover, recent experience with "negative" concessions, in which the private sector provides public services (based on competition to provide the service and in return for compensation), is adding another dimension to the "public vs. private" debate. In this sense separating infrastructure allows new approaches to the problem of meeting public responsibilities. Concessioning programs in Argentina, Sweden, and the United Kingdom define the broad alternatives in rail infrastructure separation. The two main challenges for separation are capacity management and pricing policies. While it is true that infrastructure separation is messy and expensive, it will be a small price to pay if "fragmentation" offers a better fit for consumers.
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dc.identifier
http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/1997/12/437052/benefits-separating-rail-infrastructure-operations
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http://hdl.handle.net/10986/11562
dc.language
English
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World Bank, Washington, DC
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Viewpoint: Public Policy for the Private Sector; Note No. 135
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CC BY 3.0 IGO
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World Bank
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http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/igo/
dc.subject
ACCOUNTING
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ECONOMIC EFFICIENCY
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FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE
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FREIGHT
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FREIGHT RATES
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FREIGHT SERVICES
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PASSENGER SERVICES
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PRIVATE SECTOR
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PRIVATIZATION
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PRODUCTIVITY
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PUBLIC AGENCIES
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PUBLIC POLICY
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PUBLIC SECTOR
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PUBLIC SERVICES
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RAIL
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RAIL COMPETITION
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RAIL FREIGHT
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RAIL INFRASTRUCTURE
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RAIL LINE
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RAIL OPERATIONS
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RAIL PASSENGER
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RAIL SECTOR
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RAIL SERVICE
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RAIL SERVICES
dc.subject
RAIL SYSTEMS
dc.subject
RAILWAY
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RAILWAY CONCESSIONS
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RAILWAY INDUSTRY
dc.subject
RAILWAY INFRASTRUCTURE
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RAILWAY OPERATOR
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RAILWAYS
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RAILWAYS ADVISER
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ROLLING STOCK
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SOCIAL SERVICES
dc.subject
TRACK
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TRACKAGE
dc.subject
TRACKS
dc.subject
TRAINS
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TRANSPARENCY
dc.subject
TRANSPORT
dc.subject
TREASURY
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URBAN SERVICES RAILWAYS
dc.subject
RAILWAY INFRASTRUCTURE
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DENATIONALIZATION
dc.subject
TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE
dc.subject
MARKET COMPETITION
dc.title
The Benefits of Separating Rail Infrastructure from Operations
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Publications & Research :: Viewpoint
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Publications & Research
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http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/1997/12/437052/benefits-separating-rail-infrastructure-operations
okr.globalpractice
Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience
okr.globalpractice
Governance
okr.globalpractice
Transport and ICT
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Finance and Markets
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Governance
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yes
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000009265_3980313101852
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437052
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17283
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en
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http://www-wds.worldbank.org/external/default/WDSContentServer/WDSP/IB/2000/08/18/000009265_3980313101852/Rendered/PDF/multi_page.pdf
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okr.region.administrative
Latin America & Caribbean
okr.region.administrative
Europe and Central Asia
okr.region.country
Sweden
okr.region.country
Argentina
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United Kingdom
okr.region.country
United States
okr.sector
Transportation :: Railways
okr.topic
Public Sector Economics
okr.topic
Social Development :: Community Development and Empowerment
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Urban Development :: Municipal Financial Management
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Banks and Banking Reform
okr.topic
Railways Transport
okr.topic
Finance and Financial Sector Development
okr.topic
Public Sector Development
okr.topic
Transport
okr.unit
Fin & Private Sector Develop VP
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