Bio-Fuels Energy Policy and Grain Transportation Flows: Implications for Inland Waterways and Short Sea Shipping

This project develops a foundation for analysis of the effects of U.S. biofuel energy policy on domestic and international grain flows and patterns. The primary deliverable of this project is an updated and expanded spatial equilibrium model of world grain economy. The updated model reflects recent changes in the dynamics of grain production, consumption, and transportation particularly in reaction to explosive growth of the biofuel market in the U.S. An improved and modified spatial equilibrium model will be extremely useful in addressing a variety of questions with respect to transportation infrastructure, traffic congestion, and international trade issues. In particular, principal investigators plan to use the improved model as a platform for future research in order to gain insight into potential long‐term effects of the current energy policy on grain and biofuel‐related transportation flows on inland waterways, outline requirements and justifications for targeted development of transportation infrastructure in order to mitigate projected traffic congestion, and examine potential opportunities for switching rail and truck-transported commerce on North American transport corridors to the inland and intra‐coastal waterways.

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    • This document is disseminated under the sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Transportation, University Transportation Centers Program.
  • Corporate Authors:

    University Transportation Center for Mobility

    Texas Transportation Institute, Texas A&M University System
    College Station, TX  United States  77843-3135

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    Office of University Programs, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Vedenov, Dmitry
    • Fuller, Stephen
    • Power, Gabriel
    • Ahmedov, Zafarbeck
    • Vadali, Sharada
    • Burris, Mark
  • Publication Date: 2010-9-15


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: 28p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01324962
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UTCM 08‐15‐14
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT06‐G‐0044 (Grant)
  • Files: UTC, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 14 2011 10:20AM