Economic Impact of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway on the States It Serves

The project team is proposing to research the economic impact of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW) on the 5 states it serves (Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida). In many respects, it will be similar to a recent study sponsored by the National Waterways Foundation for the entire inland waterway system. This analysis will focus on the economic importance of the GIWW to the various states and assume only sufficient investment to maintain current system performance. The underlying methodology will evaluate what an abandonment (or closure) of the canal would mean in terms of economic impact. It will compare the transportation and related supply-chain costs faced by current waterway users to the costs they would face if the GIWW were to become permanently unavailable and they had to use the next best transportation alternative.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Contract to a Performing Organization is not yet awarded.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $139187
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Maritime Transportation Research and Education Center

    University of Arkansas
    Fayetteville, AR  United States  72701
  • Performing Organizations:

    Texas A&M Transportation Institute, College Station

    Texas A&M University System
    3135 TAMU
    College Station, TX  United States  77843-3135
  • Principal Investigators:

    Kruse, Jim

    Glover, Brianne

  • Start Date: 20170901
  • Expected Completion Date: 20180831
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01643636
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Maritime Transportation Research and Education Center
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747130
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Aug 11 2017 3:53PM