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DOT's flawed 'level' playing field.

In a setback for DOT's efforts to level the playing field for low-fare new entrants, a panel of experts has concluded that the departments proposed competition policy statement (ATW, 5/98, p. 47) is flawed and 'raises valid concerns about administrative feasibility and about the potential for undesirable consequences."

In a report released at the end of July, the 11-member panel, operating under the auspices of the National Research Council's Transportation Research Board and including proto-deregulationists Alfred Kahn and Elizabeth Bailey, differed on the seriousness of the problems but warned that "the potential for unintended policy outcomes should not be underestimated. …

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