The Railroad Revitalization & Regulatory Reform Act of 1976 & the Staggers Rail Act of 1980 gave freight railroads increased freedom to price their services according to market conditions. This report is an update of a 1999 report, which reported that most rail rates had decreased from 1990 through 1996. For the period from 1997 through 2000, this report: reexamined changes in rates & describes changes in the proportion of shipments above the statutory jurisdictional threshold for rate relief actions (shipments in which revenues exceed 180% of variable costs). Rate changes were analyzed for major commodities in the top 5 transport. corridors according to length of haul. Also presents the results of work covering the 1990-1996 period. Tables.Hecker, JayEtta Z. is the author of 'Railroad Regulation Changes in Freight Railroad Rates from 1997 Through 2000' with ISBN 9780756733230 and ISBN 0756733235.