Transportation is the most unique industry in the United States due to its profound relationship to employment, investment and impact on other industries. After having learned the history of transportation modes (rail, water, pipeline, trucking and air), students will discover that even though transportation was the first industry to be regulated, it was also the first industry to be significantly deregulated. The course examines how political, legal, and economic forces converge to make national policy. Specific topics of inquiry will include history, economic regulation, liability issues, government operations, labor law, and environmental issues. This course is driven by readings, discussion, and research papers.
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