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Inland Navigation in the United States: An Evaluation of Economic Impacts and the Potential Effects of Infrastructure Investment
(2014)
  • Theodore H. Grossardt, University of Kentucky
  • Larry Bray
  • Mark Burton
Abstract
Inland navigation has traditionally played a vital role in what is a uniquely American transportation landscape. Navigation’s history is long and storied. Nonetheless, the waterways’ future function as a freight resource is still unclear. Demands for surface freight transportation capacity seem to be changing in ways that point to an increased role for waterborne commerce. But the continued reliability and consequent economic value of inland navigation depends on a new generation of supporting infrastructure. These investments will require fiscal resources to be marshaled and combined into a national policy that capitalizes on the comparative efficiencies of all freight transport modes. Evaluating the desirability of a forward-looking federal policy that supports inland navigation requires information that has, heretofore, been incomplete: reliable information describing the current value of inland freight transportation as well as information describing the likely economic impacts of renewed investment in navigation infrastructure. The goal of this current research is to partially address this information shortfall.
Keywords
  • Inland Navigation,
  • United States,
  • Economic Impacts,
  • Infrastructure Investment
Publication Date
November, 2014
Publisher Statement

Prepared by the University of Kentucky and the University of Tennessee

Sponsored by: National Waterways Foundation

Citation Information
Theodore H. Grossardt, Larry Bray and Mark Burton. Inland Navigation in the United States: An Evaluation of Economic Impacts and the Potential Effects of Infrastructure Investment. (2014)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/ted_grossardt/42/