INTERMODAL FREIGHT TRANSPORTATION IN THE UNITED STATES

INTERMODAL FREIGHT TRANSPORTATION IS DEALT WITH IN THIS ARTICLE AS IT IS IN THE UNITED STATES TODAY AND AS IT IS EXPECTED TO EVOLVE IN THE NEXT DECADE OR TWO. RATHER THAN PROVIDE ONLY A SINGLE-MODE SERVICE, THE CARRIERS, THROUGH INCREASED COORDINATION, NOW OFFER THE PUBLIC AN IMPROVED INTERMODAL SERVICE, THE INHERENT ADVANTAGES OF WHICH ARE A STRONG IMPETUS TO FURTHER ITS GROWTH. COMPETITIVE MODES OF TRANSPORTATION ARE BENEFITING FROM THIS COORDINATED SERVICE BY CAPTURING THE BEST FEATURES OF EACH MODE. CONTAINERIZATION, CREATING A NEW ROLE FOR MOTOR AND RAIL CARRIERS, HAS ENABLED THEM TO DEVELOP A MORE CONVENIENT, FASTER, AND VERSATILE SERVICE. NEW COST-SAVING EFFICIENCIES WILL ASSURE THE CONTINUED GROWTH OF TRAILER-ON-FLATCAR SERVICE, AND MAY PRODUCE A SURGE OF TRAFFIC IN ITS SECOND OR THIRD DECADE OF OPERATION. WHAT EVENTUALLY IS BEST FOR THE SHIPPER WILL GOVERN THE RATE OF INTERMODAL-TRANSPORTATION GROWTH. CONTINUED CLOSE RELATIONS AMONG COMPETITVE REGULATED CARRIERS AND SHIPERS MAY REVERSE THE TREND TO OPERATE PRIVATELY OWNED EQUIPMENT. TRAILER-ON-FLATCAR SERVICE HAS THE POTENTIAL TO INCREASE THE EFFICIENCY OF BASIC TRANSPORT RESOURCES AND REDUCE ACCIDENTS, FATALITIES, AND INJURIES ON THE HIGHWAYS. /AUTHOR/

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    • Vol 35, No 5, PP 109-114
  • Authors:
    • Newman, E S
  • Publication Date: 1968-12

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  • Accession Number: 00201627
  • Record Type: Publication
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  • Created Date: Jun 23 1994 12:00AM