OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES IN DEVELOPING THE OAKLAND JOINT INTERMODAL TERMINAL

While experiencing healthy overall growth, the Port of Oakland has not enjoyed the same increases in intermodal cargo as other ports. The structure of rail routes and physical restrictions, due to tunnel clearances, have limited the use of double-stack equipment by the three railroads serving Oakland. As a result, Port of Oakland customers have experienced some disadvantage in rail rates and services when compared with other ports. In the past few years, a series of railroad mergers, tunnel improvement programs, and broad changes in overall transportation economics have made highly competitive, double-stack train services available in Oakland. With all three railroads now able to provide double-stack services to ocean carriers calling at Oakland, the port has accelerated its efforts to identify ways to increase its productivity and the efficiency of the intermodal interface. Under way at the present time is the Oakland Joint Intermodal Terminal (JIT) Project, which proposes to expand and improve existing Port of Oakland operations of the three railroads by consolidating their activities into a single, jointly operated terminal. This paper describes the JIT Project, examines its benefits to participants and customers, as well as to the public, and discusses the challenges it faces. A JIT project status report concludes the paper.

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 165-171
  • Monograph Title: INTERMODAL FREIGHT TERMINAL OF THE FUTURE
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00723853
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Jul 24 1996 12:00AM