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NCHRP 08-36/Task 30 [Completed]

Workshop on Issues in Intermodal Connectors
[ NCHRP 08-36 (Research for the AASHTO Standing Committee on Planning) ]

  Project Data
Funds: 40000
Research Agency: Cambridge Systematics
Principal Investigator: Lance Grenzeback
Effective Date: 12/3/2002
Completion Date: 9/30/2003
Comments: Completed---Final report sent to AASHTO

USDOT's report to Congress, "NHS Intermodal Freight Connectors" (July 2000) reaffirmed congressional concerns that while being critical components of NHS the connectors disproportionately suffer physical and geometric deficiencies. Further, investment levels in most states are insufficient to correct identified deficiencies. The report cites four issues, which if properly addressed would lead to an appropriate level of investment in connector improvements. These are (1) awareness and coordination; (2) information technologies; (3) funding; and (4) community and environmental responsiveness. The report contains a set of possible federal and state actions for each issue. In the reauthorization of ISTEA Congress may statutorily address some of these proposed actions. AASHTO anticipates legislative debate on this subject and may develop its own policy positions on any anticipated actions.

In order to assist AASHTO, this task is intended to identify experts on issues surrounding intermodal connectors, including USDOT Office of Intermodalism, FIRE, ports, urban MPO's, state DOT's, and other experts on intermodal freight. Prepare relevant background materials (e.g., legislative issues, organizational approaches) that can support a workshop on issues and approaches to improve intermodal connectors. Organize and convene a one-day meeting of appropriate participants that can serve as the foundation for possible future action and positions to be taken by AASHTO and its member departments.

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