Establishing Intermodal Service on the Prince Rupert Gateway

A new Canadian container port being developed in Prince Rupert, British Columbia opens a new intermodal freight corridor operated by the Canadian National Railroad (CN) to serve the Midwest United States for trade with East Asian countries. This paper particularly explores new potential intermodal services to the Twin Cities region. The new Prince Rupert route has potential to serve the Twin Cities through two gateways; Chicago, Illinois and the Twin Ports of Duluth, Minnesota and Superior, Wisconsin. The advantages and disadvantages of using each gateway are discussed. The paper examines on both routes the issues of: transit time, terminal availability, drayage, corridor congestion, asset utilization, interest inventory costs, freight rates, growth potential, circuitry and transloading. It provides a basis for more studies in the future on this new freight corridor of significant economic values. This is an investigation into the potential establishment of new intermodal service on the Prince Rupert Gateway.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $3000.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    CFIRE 02-23

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education (CFIRE)

    University of Wisconsin, Madison
    1415 Engineering Drive, 2205 Engineering Hall
    Madison, WI  United States  53706
  • Project Managers:

    Waidley, Greg

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Wisconsin, Superior

    Transportation and Logistics Research Center
    Superior, WI  United States  54880
  • Principal Investigators:

    Stewart, Richard

  • Start Date: 20071000
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20071200
  • Source Data: RiP Project 21459

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01468363
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education (CFIRE)
  • Contract Numbers: CFIRE 02-23
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 3:49PM