Louisiana Intermodal Transportation Infrastructure Study: Feasibility Analysis for Inland Waterway Container Transport Systems within the Lower Mississippi Region and the New Orleans Metropolitan Area

The primary objective of this study is to conduct an analysis of successful inland waterway container transport in selected U.S. locations and to assess the feasibility of this transportation mode within the Mississippi River corridor. A "marine highway" initiative is being proposed by the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) to encourage a shift of cargo movements from traditional surface transportation modes to maritime systems. This research will be conducted in partnership with the New Orleans Regional Planning Commission (RPC). As a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), the RPC has the distinct advantage of providing a regional perspective on transportation systems. This project will allow the RPC to expand their traditional perspective to include the regions extensive maritime transportation assets as well as a perspective of resilient freight transportation utilizing inland waterways as an alternate delivery system.