An Economic Evaluation of a Multimodal Transportation System: Grain Transportation in Eastern Washington

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.

Publication Date: 
Sunday, January 31, 1993
Publication Number: 
WA-RD 294.1
Last modified: 
09/28/2016 - 14:50
Authors: 
Kenneth L. Casavant.
Originator: 
Washington State Transportation Center (TRAC)
Number of Pages: 
138
Subject: 
Barges, Competition, Economic impacts, Grain, Intermodal transportation, Multimodal transportation, Performance, Policy, Railroads, Traffic managers, Trucking, Water transportation.