Methodology for Determining the Potential Economic Viability of Intermodal Truck-Rail Facilities in Washington State

The general purpose of this research effort is to develop an applied methodology for determining the potential economic viability of intermodal truck-rail facilities. The focus will be on the attributes, characteristics or market situation that are necessary for economic feasibility of an intermodal truck-rail facility. Additional information will be sought on additional attributes that are sufficient for economic feasibility. The first objective is to describe the role of intermodal truck-rail facilities in an overall transportation system context, both conceptually and from the current literature. Second this study will identify inventory or potential factors that contribute to, cause or guarantee economic (not just technical) viability of an intermodal facility. Another objective is to determine whether the list of potential attributes contains practical (real world) factors capable of being quantified and analyzed in an economic feasibility investigation. The research will apply these factors in intermodal truck-rail facility case study settings to determine their appropriateness and relationship to economic viability. Finally the study will recommend a methodology that can be used as a practical decision-making tool by local and state governments, as they consider investments in intermodal truck-rail facilities.


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    • Status: Completed
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Federal Highway Administration

      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, DC  USA  20590
    • Project Managers:

      Brodin, Doug

    • Performing Organizations:

      Washington State University, Pullman

      Washington State Transportation Center
      Pullman, WA  USA  99164
    • Principal Investigators:

      Casavant, Ken

    • Start Date: 20020801
    • Actual Completion Date: 20040830
    • Source Data: RiP Project 12472

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01458327
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Washington State Department of Transportation
    • Contract Numbers: T2696-07
    • Files: RiP, USDOT, STATEDOT
    • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 12:40PM