A Description of the Inland Waterway Systems and Planning Models

This chapter provides a broad overview of the inland waterway system. Section 2 of this chapter describes the system in terms of its size, location, commodities and trends. It is a massive system complete with an enormous investment and linkages that point to interdependencies in the system between rivers. The primary commodities handled on the system tend to be low-value bulk commodities. Specific commodities vary across rivers largely due to the economic base of the regions through which the rivers run. Over time, traffic levels in the entire U.S. system have risen, but the increase is largely in rail and truck traffic. Section 3 of this chapter provides an overview of the supply of inland waterway transportation services. The overview was developed using the structure-conduct-performance paradigm. The final section of the chapter provides an overview of the role of the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers (USACE). Major changes in the waterway network require a study of project costs and benefits.

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  • Authors:
    • Henrickson, Kevin E
    • Wilson, Wesley W
  • Publication Date: 2007


  • English

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 53-78
  • Monograph Title: Handbook of Transportation Policy and Administration

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  • Accession Number: 01081526
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: ISBN 9781574445657
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 28 2007 10:31AM