September October 1971 Ties

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This month's cover focuses on the Surface Transportation Act of 1971, a bill now in the congressional hopper. The immediate goal of the railroad industry's ASTRO organization is to gain grass-roots support for this inter- modal bill that includes many of the ASTRO proposals. The bill has solid backing from the rail- road industry, the American Trucking Associations and the Water Transport Association- an unprecedented display of unity among competitors that under- scores the urgency of the situation facing the nation's transportation system.