THE FORGOTTEN RESOURCE...URBAN WATERBORNE TRANSPORTATION

This paper proposes a system, including high-speed ferries, feeder barges and satellite terminals, which would be integrated into the existing transportation patterns and result in many benefits at a relatively low cost. Making use of right-of-ways, which would require practically no cost to establish and maintain, the ferries could provide many time-saving shotcuts for the public. Also commuters could travel in more pleasant, less crowded surroundings. These ferries, in some instances, could be used to relieve the pressure on existing transportation systems, and thereby ease the need for costly expansions. Cargo movements between the major marine terminals and strategically located, satellite terminals could reduce the truck traffic through the cities by using self-propelled barges, or barge tows, to deliver cargo (preferably containerized). Trucking of the cargo could then be confined to the local regions served by the satellite terminals. Besides the cost saving features, other benefits of using these waterways would include reductions of city traffic, accidents, road maintenance, air pollution and possibly hijackings. These benefits should not be overlooked in planning urban transportation systems.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Proceedings of Second International Waterborne Transportation Conference, October 5-7, 1977, New York City. Available April, 1978, approximately 750 pages, Cost: to ASCE members $15.00; non-members $30.00.
  • Corporate Authors:

    American Society of Civil Engineers

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    New York, NY  USA  10017-2398
  • Authors:
    • Colleran, R J
    • Funge, W J
  • Publication Date: 1977

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  • Accession Number: 00170264
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Proceeding
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 14 1981 12:00AM