The Great Lakes Maritime Information Delivery System: A Resource for Intermodal Freight Transportation Planning and Analysis in the Upper Midwest

This paper presents an overview of the Great Lakes Maritime Information Delivery System (GLMIDS), a comprehensive data repository and information resource designed to provide a central focus for studying freight movements in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway regions. When fully implemented this resource is envisioned to provide a regional perspective in reporting on the condition of the freight infrastructure among all modes and will provide a vehicle to bring together a diversity of organizations and professionals including port authorities, government agencies, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), shippers, carriers, freight analysts and researchers. The system will ultimately provide a single repository for regional data with convenient secure access to a comprehensive database relating: (1) Economic activity (all sectors); (2) Regional population patterns; (3) Import and export flows; (4) Intra-regional flows; (5) System capacity among all modes; and (6) Intermodal connectivity. GLMIDS features a web based delivery system which houses a fully operable customized online GIS and data repository with a multitude of network data (highway, rail, water, air), intermodal connections, commodity flow data, and population/economic data from a variety of sources. All data in the system have been georeferenced and registered for compatibility in the global information systems (GIS). As the system undergoes further development, a wider variety and a greater volume of data will be added. In addition, the GLMIDS will feature modeling, econometric and simulation tools for studying freight movements, optimizing freight flows, site selection, econometric analysis and forecasting, economic impact analysis, economic development and evaluation of investment decisions for improving the freight infrastructure.


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  • Monograph Title: TRB 89th Annual Meeting Compendium of Papers DVD

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  • Accession Number: 01154329
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 10-3707
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Jan 25 2010 11:53AM