INLAND WATERWAY PORTS AS INTERMODAL FREIGHT CENTERS

The prospect of using terminals to facilitate solutions to the urban goods movement problem has been recognized since the 1930s. The most recent promising proposal has been for a network of interlocked intermodal freight transportation facilitation centers. This has the merit of being one of the few ideas in which all parties--carriers, shippers, consumers, and urban communities--can win. But it is difficult to implement because of archaic regulations, opposition from labor unions, short-sightedness by carriers, and considerable lag in public terminal policy. The inland waterways ports form a good but not an ideal place for launching a regional network of intermodal terminals. This will require the barge lines to diversify more into general cargoes and inland stores, port cities to augment port development, and the federal government to develop a port policy and enforce equitable arrangements of intermodal interchange. /Author/

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: pp 18-20
  • Monograph Title: Waterborne commerce and inland port development
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00193352
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Apr 25 1979 12:00AM