Multimodal Freight Transportation Within the Great Lakes-Saint Lawrence Basin

The Great Lake's Saint Lawrence Basin of the United States contains a unique transportation system with the nation's largest rail hub in Chicago; the border with our largest trading partner, Canada; a robust ports and waterways system; and an extensive highway infrastructure that all serve the major industrial and agricultural heart of the nation, as well as providing vital transportation connections to the rest of North America and the world. The economic productivity of the Basin is dependent on a well-functioning variety of transportation modes, and there has been limited investment in new transportation infrastructure, especially the marine sector. The Basin consists of eight states and two provinces, each with its own internal needs; and although there is a bi-national Great Lakes Commission, its efforts have historically focused on water quality issues. Research is needed to document the contribution of the Basin to the economic vitality of North America. The objectives of the research are to describe the current multimodal freight transportation system and its performance in the Great Lakes-Saint Lawrence Basin (i.e., Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Ontario, and Quebec), including the economic impact of the freight transportation system on regional, U.S., and Canadian economies, and to identify opportunities and constraints in the Basin for meeting projected freight flows.<div></div>


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  • Status: Proposed
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Department of Transportation

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration
    Washington, DC  USA  20590

    National Cooperative Freight Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    Rogers, William

  • Start Date: 20100427
  • Source Data: RiP Project 25942

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01461550
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: 35
  • Files: TRB, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:48PM