Economic Evaluation of Arkansas Inland Waterways and Potential Disruption Impacts

Arkansas is one of twenty-four states with an inland waterway transportation system. Over one thousand miles of Arkansas navigable waterways have the potential to attract industries by offering low-cost transportation in a strategic location with links to domestic markets including Chicago, Houston, and Pittsburgh and coastal ports in the Gulf of Mexico. A decade ago, prior research indicated that Arkansas ports directly and indirectly contributed to the economic growth of this state including economic value, earnings, and employment. There is a need for current information on the economic impacts of Arkansas' inland waterway transportation system and what impact disruptions to the this system may have. This information may spur investment in port development, which can in turn increase Arkansas' competitive advantage over neighboring states while continuing to offer social and environmental transportation benefits.


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    • Status: Completed
    • Funding: $60501.00
    • Contract Numbers:

      MBTC DOT 3029

    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Research and Innovative Technology Administration

      University Transportation Centers Program
      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Performing Organizations:

      University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

      Department of Industrial Engineering
      Fayetteville, AR  United States  72701
    • Principal Investigators:

      Nachtmann, Heather

    • Start Date: 20110701
    • Expected Completion Date: 0
    • Actual Completion Date: 20120630
    • Source Data: RiP Project 28558

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01549346
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Mack Blackwell National Rural Transportation Center
    • Contract Numbers: MBTC DOT 3029
    • Files: UTC, RIP
    • Created Date: Jan 1 2015 1:29AM