The Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) mandates that the private and public sectors work in partnership to integrate their freight transportation planning efforts. This paper describes a major freight study recently concluded in Columbus, Ohio entitled "Inland Port Infrastructure Improvement Study", which was undertaken as an integral part of a greater effort to encourage economic development through local emphasis on the effectiveness of regional, national, and international freight movements. The main objective of the study was to enhance economic development in the Columbus area - to generate jobs and business by improving transportation, by making it a better location, by helping firms that are located in Columbus to be more competitive. The study also focused on making Columbus more of a wholesale distribution center. By improving transportation, Columbus becomes a better location for transportation dependent industries. Further study objectives were to move freight economically, efficiently and reliably; to estimate future freight movements based on the growth of regional economy; and to recommend infrastructure improvements. Costs by industry were analyzed to determine the type of freight likely to be generated. A doubling of the number of containers handled through intermodal terminals was projected.

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  • Publication Date: 1994


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  • Accession Number: 00728810
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  • Report/Paper Numbers: Volume 8
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  • Created Date: Nov 15 1996 12:00AM