Gilbert B Norman wrote: ↑Mon Aug 08, 2022 2:01 pmHowever, in all fairness, I think the Surfboard "has gone out of their way" during the '90's merger movement (not an issue at present with either KCS-CP or CSX-PAR as both are "end to end") to ensure that there were two roads serving any major traffic source.Their influence was only in not approving a merger that would eliminate the final competition. What stops a railroad from deciding not to provide adequate service?
Sure, there are abandonment proceedings that are expected to prevent railroads from leaving a customer without service - but provide poor service for a few years and use the decreasing car count as a reason to abandon the line. Or sell off segments to short lines to do the final mile (often literally a mile). At best abandonment proceedings help make sure there is ONE railroad serving each customer. Not two. No guarantee of adequate competition.