Freight Optimization & Development in Missouri - Waterways and Ports Module

The stage is set for Missouri to become a national freight center. The geographic centrality of the state; the transportation system including waterways, rail, air and highways; along with the presence of major commodity production and transfer systems beg the question: "What can Missouri and MoDOT do to ensure that we capitalize on these resources and circumstances? How can Missouri become the national freight center that the state appears ready for?" And considering the international dynamics, "What should Missouri do to position itself to ensure we can link to and draw from international changes? Where should Missouri position itself to capitalize on the recently approved expansion of the Panama Canal, increasing manufacturing capability and freight movement from India, and severe congestion issues impacting deep-water ports such as Long Beach, California? Further, what can we learn from these international developments and use in Missouri?" Similar to other sectors of the freight and logistics arena, Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) requires information regarding commodity flows, infrastructure capabilities, investment needs, system integration and market constraints. Further, this information must be assimilated and weighted in order to determine the most effective way that Missouri can increase its freight share and ensure further freight and logistics development. Several entities have already worked to understand and develop a model to support investment and decision-making in this freight and logistics area. Within the United States, Mississippi, Texas and California standout as freight development successes. This is likely related to their work in understanding and capitalizing their investments to favor their infrastructure, location, resources and private/public sector integration. Similarly, the Port of Melbourne uses a "Smart Freight" and supply chain approach to increase their role in freight movement. MoDOT desires to achieve a greater role in freight movement on all modes of transportation. To achieve this broad goal, MoDOT is seeking a suitable team to review our port system and its role in freight movement. More importantly, MoDOT desires to develop a prioritization approach to improving port infrastructure, private/public relationships, and port investment. Further, this decision-support model should be applicable for understanding and planning for all infrastructure solutions such as rail and airfreight modes. Similarly, the model must consider modal integration in order to provide the most effective solutions to increase freight movement.


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  • Status: Completed
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Department of Transportation

    Research and Special Programs Administration
    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC    20590
  • Performing Organizations:

    Center for Infrastructure Engineering Studies

    Missouri University of Science and Technology
    Rolla, MO  United States  65409
  • Principal Investigators:

    Grasman, Scott

  • Start Date: 20070401
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20080301
  • Source Data: RiP Project 15195

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01460122
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Center for Infrastructure Engineering Studies
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT06-G-0014, 00018843
  • Files: UTC, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:19PM