Contemporary concepts in freight handling are incorporated in an intermodal freight center designed to provide an efficient and effective interface with domestic commerce and international trade markets for a large region. One such concept, referred to as a Regional Cargo Transportation Facilitation Center (RCTFC), would provide efficiencies through such means as increases in freight aggregation into unit trains, multiple trailer truck operations for inter-regional and international movement, integration of the inland waterways into the total intermodal freight system, and dedicated facilities to increase all-cargo flights to and from distant continental and intercontinental markets. Unit train and multi-bottom trailer movement can be dispatched directly to and from coastal and inland waterway ports of transfer for through international movement. The concept deals with terminal and interface requirements of both commercial and military (national security) aspects of the national system. It seeks to bring together, under optimized ownership, management, and operating conditions, all modes and forms of freight transportation (as appropriate in specific regions) in a national set of regional freight terminals. A nationwide network of up to five such terminals is envisioned. The concept embodies advanced management techniques, communications and data processing systems, materials handling technology, and terminal operating procedures on a multimodally compatible basis. (Author)

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 7-8
  • Monograph Title: Inland water transportation
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00385246
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309036143
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: May 30 1984 12:00AM