INTERCITY HIGHWAY TRANSPORT SHARE TENDS TO VARY INVERSELY WITH SIZE OF PLANT

SMALL MANUFACTURING PLANTS GENERALLY DEPEND PRIMARILY ON HIGHWAY TRANSPORTATION FOR SHIPMENTS TO CUSTOMERS OR REDISTRIBUTION POINTS. THE DEGREE OF RELIANCE TENDS TO DECLINE WITH AN INCREASE IN SIZE OF PLANT. A SIGNIFICANT INVERSE RELATIONSHIP WAS FOUND BETWEEN SIZE OF MANUFACTURING PLANTS AND RELATIVE USE OF HIGHWAY TRANSPORT FOR OUTBOUND SHIPMENTS. THIS WAS SHOWN BY AN ANALYSIS OF A PROBILITY SAMPLE OF OVER 1 MILLION SHIPMENTS DRAWN FROM THE TRAFFIC FILES OF ABOUT 10,000 MANUFACTURING PLANTS, REPRESENTING ESSENTIALLY THE INDUSTRIAL UNIVERSE OF THE U.S. SOME MAJOR RELATED ISSUES WERE TOUCHED, SUCH AS THE RELATIVE VOLUME OF TOTAL TONNAGE SHIPPED BY INDUSTRY GROUP BY PLANT SIZE. DATA SHOULD BE USEFUL FOR IMPROVING LONG-RANGE ESTIMATES OF HIGHWAY POTENTIALS ARISING FROM CHANGES IN INDUSTRY-PLANT- SIZE MIX AND FOR ESTIMATING MARKET POTENTIALS FOR INDUSTRY- AREA CATEGORIES NOT PUBLISHED IN THE COMMODITY TRANSPORTATION SURVEY REPORTS.

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: No 175, pp 9-14, 4 TAB, 2 REF
  • Monograph Title: Freight transportation economics
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  • Accession Number: 00201318
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Sep 5 1994 12:00AM