RESEARCH NEEDS IN INLAND WATER TRANSPORTATION

The research needs statements which follow were developed over a two-year effort by the Transportation Research Board Committee on Inland Water Transportation. The most visible of research concerns are set forth in the following research problem statements. The major issues are: 1. The question of subjecting the water carrier to user charges: who pays, how is it computed, what is its impact on the total transportation system and national economy? 2. The placement of ports into a regional transportation planning context; casting ports in a major land use, intermodal and multimodal planning context. 3. The appropriate placement of responsibilities for inland waterway transportation management and administration systems across the several federal agencies currently involved in some manner with water transportation. 4. The continued development of improved forecasting and evaluation tools, to yield more accurate commodity flow forecasts, and to evaluate and justify capital and non-capital alternatives in light of environmental impact consequences, energy, world food supply, and transport regulatory consequences. This summary details and elaborates on the above concerns by describing specific projects, their urgency, and costs and time periods. It is the hope that such a comprehensive list, compiled from a broad array of viewpoints, will serve as a starting point for federal, state, and private research institutions to activate realistic research, resulting in an improved water and multimodal transportation resource base.

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  • Accession Number: 00193669
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Apr 25 1979 12:00AM