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TRANSPORTATION HAS BEEN REVOLUTIONIZED 327

Auto-Vim and Power Company in 1901, the Cadillac Automobile

Company in 1902, and the Ford Motor Company in 1903.

STUDY QUESTIONS

1. What is meant by progress in transportation?

2. Why have new forms of transportation often been opposed?

3. In what respects has the progress in transportation changed civilization?

4. In what respects must the railroad compete with the automobile and the

airplane if it is to survive?

5. Point out the advantages of each type of transportation.

6. Discuss the problems created by competition in transportation. How have

these problems been coped with in our democracy? What problems remain

unsolved? What new problems are now arising? Are these similar problems

created by competition in other industries in the United States? V\ hat is

being done to solve these problems?

7. What values must be conserved in solving problems of wasteful duplication

of effort and inefficient, uncoordinated operation, in order to preserve the

fertility of invention and the opportunity for change in a democracy?

8. What would be the relative advantages and disadvantages of government

ownership and operation of the railroads?

9. Why is water transportation still the cheapest form of transportation?

10. How are the railroads meeting the new competition created by automobiles,

trucks, buses, and airplanes?

11. Do you know of any legislation in recent days that suggests the possibility

that one group of transportation interests is substituting political pressure

for research, and thus delaying progress in transportation, which was so

characteristic of the early history of transportation?

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