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Summary of passenger train discontinuances approved or denied
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for authority to increase intrastate rates to interstate rate
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MONDAY, MAY 19, 1958
House of REPRESENTATIVEs,
Washington, D.C. The subcommittee met at 10 a.m., pursuant to call, in room 1334, House Office Building, Washington, D.C., Representative Oren Harris (chairman) presiding. The CHAIRMAN. The committee will come to order. Today the committee resumes hearings with reference to problems of transportation. I think it is well known that the committee has held extensive hearings on this entire subject over a preiod of several years, lof in August 1955. It was the intention of the Chair, on behalf of the committee, to conduct the instant o on problems upon which we have not hitherto received a great deal of testimony, or concerning which recently several new proposals have been advanced. I must note that we have had demands for extensive hearings. It has been the policy of this committee to fully develop every issue and every problem that it considers, insofar as possible. We are somewhat concerned, however, over the fact that extensive hearings on all of these issues have been held, not one time but several times. There are two or three of the items to be considered upon which very little testimony has been received, but on others we have received voluminous testimony. We are concerned because of the many requests for further and obviously extensive hearings all over again. We have many requests from witnesses who have already been heard, not 1 time but 2 times, 3 times, and more times, and who want to be heard again. I am going to have to say to those who come that we are going to respectfully request that we do not have a rehashing of the voluminous testimony on many matters heretofore gone into, but to limit your testimony to the problems under the items which this committee has announced it will consider. Please do not misunderstand me. This is no attempt to cut anybody off. But this is a very busy committee and we simply cannot afford, on these and other important issues, to continue taking repetitious testimony. I hope everyone will understand that it is a matter of conserving the time of the committee, which is very, very important, and it is a matter of saving expense to the taxpayers, because these hearings cost money. Again I repeat, we want to fully develop all questions, and we are going to do that as nearly as possible.
Furthermore, if it is expected to have consideration given to these and other important things before the committee, we simply cannot be in session conducting hearings all the time. I think it might be noted that we are getting fairly well along in this session of the Congress anyway. Anything that we are going to be able to do on this problem and other highly important jo, which many of you are interested in, will mean that we will have to get down to some executive sessions. I merely present this caution so that you might know what our problem is, too. It is very obvious to me, from the many requests that we have, and the number of witnesses that we have on the list requesting to be heard, that we cannot possibly conclude this week. Apparently it is going to take another week. That takes us to the last of the month. I hope that everyone, realizing your interest in these problems, will understand our problems, too. We want to accommodate you, and we will, insofar &S ible. n these sessions this week, we shall hear further witnesses upon the matter of interstate control over the abandonment of passenger service and facilities, which is one of the items we have had very little on. We shall also take up the subject of expediting intrastate rate procedures, which has to do with the same problem; inquiring into the proposals by certain railroads for financial assistance through the deferral of taxes provided by what is called a construction reserve. That is something we have had very little on. And, finally, to receive comments upon §. suggestions for meeting the problems of competitive ratemaking which have been made by the Secretary of Commerce, the Senate Transportation Subcommittee, and others. I am sure you understand that I mean by that that we have held hearings on proposed ratemaking changes in the summer of 1955, the fall of 1955, the spring of 1956, and again in 1957. The committee has a proposal before it, H. R. 11527, upon which hearings have been held. I am hopeful that it will not be necessary to play that record over again, because we have taken considerable testimony on it. We have already covered the subject with reference to amendments to the proposal referred to as the agricultural commodities exemption provision, and we held extensive and voluminous hearings on that. I see no reason that it would be necessary to take further hearings on that. Mr. Rogers did a splendid job in hearing everyone on it. Also with reference to the problem of the pseudoprivate carriers. That is one of the issues involved here. We have had extensive hearings on that. Mr. Flynt, Mr. Friedel, and others helped us out on that, and I hope it will not be necessary to hold those over in. So with these, if you will pardon me for referring to them, o: nitions, you help us, and we will try to help you; In the hearings this morning, to begin with, Mr. o, chairman of the Railway Labor Executives Association, made a request following the hearings several days ago on the other items, that he be heard on the question of abandonment of facilities by present procedures, and the problem of intrastate rates, I believe, perhaps also nstruction reserve. *:::::::: Mr. Leighty, as well as others who are interested in these problems, is entitled to be heard. So our first witness this morning
will be Mr. Leighty.