IMPACTS OF INLAND WATERWAY USER CHARGES

The potential impacts of imposing user charges on inland waterways are estimated by using models and data of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers inland navigation systems analysis program. Fee schedules designed to recover 50 and 100 percent of Corps of Engineers operations, maintenance, and rehabilitation expenses plus Coast Guard costs of providing navigation aids are developed. Two types of fees are considered: a uniform, systemwide fuel tax and a set segment megagram-kilometer fees that provide for local recovery of local costs. The principal impacts examined are changes in waterway transportation costs and modal shares of interregional freight traffic. Impacts of user charges are found to vary considerably throughout the waterway network based on the type of fee, the level of cost recovery, existing (without user charges) towing industry costs, and the waterway network based on the type of fee, the level of cost recovery, existing (without user charges) towing industry costs, and the waterway traffic base. Segment fees generally produce greater impacts than a fuel tax. /Author/

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 35-42
  • Monograph Title: Waterborne commerce and inland port development
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00193357
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Apr 25 1979 12:00AM