National Waterways Study: Overview of the Transportation Industry
This NWS report, Overview of the Transportation Industry, is a review of the transportation carriers and ports and terminal industries. A profile of the transportation industry is presented, in addition to a review of the outlook, problems and impacts that other surface modes are likely to have on the waterways industry. This report focuses on specific issues of the waterway transportation industry as well as key issues related to rail, truck, and pipeline transportation. The primary purposes of this report are to provide the transportation perspective to issues and factors which affect the commodity flow analysis; provide a current understanding of transportation operations and equipment utilization; and provide insight and understanding of transportation issues for the scenario development and evaluation of alternative strategies for managing the waterway system. (Author).
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REVIEW OF WATER CARRIERS
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average backhaul bulk commodities capacity capital cargo handling cars Class I Railroads Coal Slurry Pipelines Coast coastal commerce common carrier competition constraint containerization cost covered hopper deregulation domestic ocean trade Domestic Water efficiency equipment facilities federal fleet for-hire foreign trade zone freight fronthaul fuel grain Gulf Gulf Intracoastal Waterway H H H haul hopper barge horsepower impact improvements increased inland ports Inland River Inland Waterways Integrated tows intermodal Interstate Commerce Commission investment Lakes linehaul loaded major marine Maritime Administration markets miles million Mississippi move movements National operations percent petroleum ports and terminals rail railcars railroads regulatory requirements restrictions result revenue right-of-way ship shipments shippers shown in Table significant slurry pipelines SOURCE surface modes ton-miles tonnage tons Total towboats trade areas traffic transportation industry trend truck User Charges utilization vessels volume water carriers water transportation waterborne waterway system