Innovative Freight Movement through Inland Multi-Use Ports: Estimating Public & Private Benefits

The aim and purpose of this research effort is to develop an empirical approach that allows public transportation agencies to evaluate potential locations, value and benefits, from proposed inland port alternatives. Prior research has focused predominantly on the size/scale requirements to sustain economic viability, without adequately addressing how inland port terminals generate public benefits from improved freight efficiencies that shifts freight traffic away from congested urban highways and onto rail for import/export freight movements. These efficiency improvements span multiple commodities and supply-chain systems and potentially advancing new business opportunities. This innovative analysis framework may be applied nationwide as congested ports in urban areas face similar challenges providing safe, efficient and inclusive transportation that satisfies many states’ climate and equity policy goals.


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    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $50000
    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Washington State Department of Transportation

      Research Office
      P.O. Box 47372
      Olympia, WA  United States  98504
    • Project Managers:

      Brodin, Doug

    • Performing Organizations:

      Washington State University

      PO Box 646210
      Pullman, Washington  United States  99164-6210
    • Principal Investigators:

      Jessup, Eric

    • Start Date: 20220601
    • Expected Completion Date: 20230131
    • Actual Completion Date: 0

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01850986
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Washington State Department of Transportation
    • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
    • Created Date: Jul 1 2022 4:13PM