Multimodal systems offer efficiencies from complementary and competitive interactions. This study uses a least cost spatial equilibrium model to determine how alternative policies and firm decisions affect the performance of a multimodal grain transportation system. The analysis finds this system is extremely competitive and much of the competitive structure comes from intermodal movement via truck-barge. It also found that the operating structure of the shipping firm utilizing the system directly affects the performance.
October 16, 2007
Kenneth L. Casavant.
Washington State Transportation Center (TRAC)
- # of Pages: 138 p., 3,077 KB (PDF)
- Subject: Barges, Competition, Economic impacts, Grain, Intermodal transportation, Multimodal transportation, Performance, Policy, Railroads, Traffic managers, Trucking, Water transportation.
- Keywords: Multimodal, grain transportation, spatial equilibrium, Eastern Washington.
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