EFFICIENT INTERFACING OF THE TRUCK-TO-SHIP INTERMODAL GRAIN TRANSFER SYSTEM: PORT OF HOUSTON

Agricultural transportation is often characterized by seasonal and cyclical traffic flows that unfavorably affect the logistical efficiency of the marketing system. Congestion problems arise in the truck-to-ship intermodal grain transfer system at the Port of Houston. Seasonal peaks in truck-delivered grain receipts create problems with efficient interfacing of the port elevators grain-receiving capacity and truck arrival patterns. During peak volume periods, the elevators' receiving capacity is inadequate; long truck queues develop and congestion or waiting occurs. Queues of 3-4 miles are common during the peak receipt periods, whereas the facility may be idle for extended periods of off-peak time. The purpose of this article is to (1) quantify the magnitude of congestion cost associated with the seasonal surge in truck-delivered grain at the Port of Houston, (2) estimate costs of reducing this congestion to alternative levels, and (3) determine the least-cost level of congestion-reducing investment, or, conversely, the optimum level of congestion to maximize efficiency.

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    Southern Agricultural Economics Association

    P.O. Box 1071
    Knoxville, TN  USA  37901
  • Authors:
    • Fuller, S
    • PAGGI, M
  • Publication Date: 1979-7

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  • Accession Number: 00330878
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 21 1981 12:00AM