Alternative Technologies for Container Freight Movements

Currently, container freight moving to or from ocean ports is transported by diesel trucks or diesel-powered railroad locomotives. Communities around these ports are demanding cleaner and more efficient methods to move this freight. Passenger car commuters who have to share the roads with heavy trucks moving the freight in metropolitan areas are looking for options that could remove much of the truck traffic destined for intermediate freight destinations such as off-dock rail yards and warehouse facilities. The objective of this research is to conduct an industry review of alternative technology to move ocean containers or truck trailers, such as magnetic levitation, the Texas Transportation Institute's Universal Freight Shuttle, and future concepts still on the drawing board. The outcome would be an effective methodology to provide an unbiased evaluation of current and future technologies using pr oven benefit-cost analysis techniques.<div></div>


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 34

  • 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: 20100408
  • Source Data: RiP Project 25777

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01461575
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 34
  • Files: TRB, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:48PM