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: 
Wednesday, February 10, 1993
Publication Number: 
WA-RD 294.1
Last modified: 
03/23/2018 - 15:10
Kenneth L. Casavant.
Washington State Transportation Center (TRAC-WSU)
Number of Pages: 
Barges, Competition, Economic impacts, Grain, Intermodal transportation, Multimodal transportation, Performance, Policy, Railroads, Traffic managers, Trucking, Water transportation.