THE EMERGING ROLE OF AN INLAND INTERMODAL TRANSPORTATION FACILITY

The Northern Express Transportation Authority (NETA) is located in Shelby, Montana, a town of 3,500 population in a county of 6,000 persons. This location is about 30 miles from the Canadian border on the Burlington Northern Railroad's east-west main line, and on the BN's north-south line which runs from the Canadian border south to Houston, Mobile and Pensacola. About 44 trains per day run through Shelby, of which 12 are intermodal with eight double-stack trains and four single-stack trains. Another key factor in Shelby's location is that one of the largest Ports of Entry is at Sweetgrass, Montana, at the Canadian border. At present, NETA is handling 300 forty-foot equivalent container units per month. NETA provides warehousing and bulk transloading, as well as export cargoes for empty boxcars moving to the West Coast. It offers alternative routing and intermodal competition that provides savings for shippers. NETA is seeking permission to exceed the 105-foot length limit on trucks and will work with the state to determine the placement of trailer axles.

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    • This paper appears in Transportation Research Circular No. 350, Ports, Waterways, Intermodal Terminals, and International Trade Transportation Issues, Proceedings of the 13th Annual Summer Conference, July 19-22, 1988, Seattle, Washington. Distribution, posting, or copying of this PDF is strictly prohibited without written permission of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences. Unless otherwise indicated, all materials in this PDF are copyrighted by the National Academy of Sciences. Copyright © National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved.
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    • Bonderud, L
  • Publication Date: 1989-5

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  • Pagination: p. 15-17
  • Monograph Title: PORTS, WATERWAYS, INTERMODAL TERMINALS, AND INTERNATIONAL TRADE TRANSPORTATION ISSUES. PROCEEDINGS OF THE 13TH ANNUAL SUMMER CONFERENCE, JULY 19-22, 1988, SEATTLE, WASHINGTON
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  • Accession Number: 00485240
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  • Created Date: Jul 31 1989 12:00AM