INTERMODAL MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEM - PHASE II. STATE-OF-THE-ART SURVEY
Survey objectives were to determine the state of existing and planned systems which support any or all aspects of intermodal activity, and to identify unmet needs. A sample of eight railroads was surveyed. In addition, one common carrier, two trucking subsidiaries, and one international water carrier were included to further diversify the investigation of intermodal activities. Findings of the survey were verified by a search of pertinent literature and related research. All railroads, other than the smallest, presently have some type of automated systems supporting intermodal management and control. These vary widely in sophistication, in the degree to which mechanized processing is employed, and in the extent to which intermodal processing is embedded in existing rail systems. The use of data processing techniques for the intermodal carrier has been, in large part, an outgrowth of automated systems developed for carload traffic and does not take into consideration the unique nature of intermodal traffic (e.g., the need to keep an inventory of two pieces of equipment rather than one). Survey participants indicated that increased capabilities are needed in the following areas: an intermodal equipment control system; a repetitive waybilling and rating system; and a profit analysis system.
- Prepared in cooperation with Ford, Bacon and Davis, Inc., Washington, D.C. and Norfolk and Western Railway Co., Va.
PRC Systems Sciences Company7600 Old Springhouse Road
McLean, VA USA 22101
Ford, Bacon and Davis, Incorporated11629 K Street, NW
Washington, DC USA 20006
Norfolk and Western Railway8 North Jefferson Street
Roanoke, VA USA 24011
Washington, DC USA 20590
- Peternick, J
- Fredrickson, V
- Pflugrad, A
- Rynders, B
- Wiersema, R
- Publication Date: 1978-3
- Pagination: 171 p.
- TRT Terms: Benefits; Car distribution (Railroads); Car utilization (Railroads); Common carriers; Control systems; Cost accounting; Information processing; Information systems; Intermodal transportation; Management information systems; Profitability; Railroad transportation; Railroads; Reviews; Trailer on flat car; Trailers; Transportation operations; Trucks; Water transportation; Waybills
- Uncontrolled Terms: Transportation management
- Old TRIS Terms: Intermodal information systems; Trailer utilization
- Subject Areas: Data and Information Technology; Finance; Marine Transportation; Motor Carriers; Railroads;
- Accession Number: 00176256
- Record Type: Publication
- Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
- Report/Paper Numbers: FRA/OPPD-78/8 Final Rpt.
- Contract Numbers: DOT-FR-741-5157
- Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
- Created Date: Aug 19 1978 12:00AM