Impact of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW) on Freight Flows in the Texas-Louisiana Megaregion

This report addresses the benefits of maintaining the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW) both in totality (5 States) and specifically between Texas and Louisiana since their coastal regions have been identified as a potential U.S megaregion. The chapters include a historical background and current conditions, the opportunities for raising barge productivity and safety, the challenges of increasing GIWW funding, the introduction of articulated tug barges (ATBs) which may have diverted some GIWW traffic, and finally summarizes both findings and recommendations. It argues for sharply focused improvements and protecting system integrity for future technologies and barge designs.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 53p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01571960
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: SWUTC/15/600451-00080-1, 600451-00080-1
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT12-G-UTC06
  • Created Date: Jul 27 2015 2:27PM