A research proposal on the development of intermodal transportation in the US

Aresearch proposal on the development of intermodaltransportation in the US


Aresearch proposal on the development of intermodaltransportation in the US

Thedevelopment of intermodal transportation in the US


Itis believed that non-road transportation is better than roadtransportation due to less energy consumption. Intermodaltransportation is, therefore, the most recommended means to transportlongdistance freight.It uses the ship, rail, and truck to attain a viable transportsector. However, the system has not attained a large marketshare asexpected. Therefore, its historical development,and acceptance in the US require an analysis(Arnold,et al. 2012).An investigation into substantial literature, including the evolutiontimelines by authors concerning intermodal transportation, is alsorequired.

Purposeof the study

Thestudy aims to identify the historical development, and the currentstatus of the intermodal freight transport system. The role of thepolicymakers in promoting the intermodal transport system will alsobe discussed.

Reviewof Literature

Waterwaysthrough the use of ships are the most used form of transportation byabout 30%, road transportation is utilised by 28%, and the rail takes26%(Racunica&amp Wynter, 2013).The earlier days saw rail as the most used form of transport, butrecently, roads and waterways are the mostly used forms. The growthin road and waterways utilisation is attributed to politicalinfluence on intermodal freight transport, which aims at lowering thetransportation cost(Forkenbrock,2011).Availability of storage space in terminals is important, because itimpacts on the effectiveness of the intermodal freight alternativesavailable.

Methodsof research

Avisit to the Office of the Secretary of the US Department ofTransport will be done, and an interview will be carried outpertaining the state of intermodalfreight transport (Janić,2014).Visits to the Port of South Louisiana will also be conducted tointerview the personnel. Additionally, book reviews as secondarysources will be done to discover documented facts about intermodalfreight transport.


Arnold,P., Peeters, D., &amp Thomas, I. (2012). Modellinga rail/road intermodal transportation system.

Forkenbrock,D. (2011). Comparisonof external costs of rail and truck freight transportation.

Janić,M. (2014). Modellingthe full costs of an intermodal and road freight transport network.

Racunica,I. &amp Wynter, L. (2013). Optimallocation of intermodal freight hubs(5th Ed.).