Transportation via the Inland Waterways is the Most Effective Means to Transport Large Quantities of Materials



Multimodal transportation is a crucial component of the economic engine of the United States. In comparing the many different modes of transportation, we will show conclusively that waterway transportation is the most economical, safe, and environmentally friendly method of transportation for aggregate materials and grains, chemicals, petroleum, and military rockets. The expeditious delivery of these commodities is a necessary component for our nation's operations and continued growth. A trained workforce is crucial in keeping our economy running.

A study by the United States Department of Agriculture (2019) quantified the locks and dams' importance in getting agricultural products to market and understanding the amount of loss resulting from the lock and dam system's failures. The possibility of expansion in rail and highway is no longer a viable option in many instances. Evaluating the environmental consequences of fossil fuel combustion is essential for comparing fuel economy for these modalities. Our population is growing, and cities are becoming denser, leading to increased safety concerns with rail and highways. This presentation concludes that inland waterway transportation is optimal for fuel economy, environmental impact, and safety and is the most excellent prospect for funding our future infrastructure.

Keywords: infrastructure, railway, inland waterway, highway, efficiency, pollution, economy

Year Manuscript Completed

Fall 2020

Senior Project Advisor

Trish Jordan, PhD

Degree Awarded

Bachelor of Integrated Studies Degree

Field of Study

Commerce & Leadership

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