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The potential for improving rail international intermodal services in Texas and the southwest region of the United States.
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    NTL-FREIGHT-Intermodalism ; NTL-FREIGHT-Freight Planning and PolicyNTL-PLANNING AND POLICY-Freight Planning and Policy ; NTL-RAIL TRANSPORTATION-Rail Planning and Policy ;
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    The report covers a period of great significance for railroading in the U.S as it contains a number of milestones now

    shaping the future performance of the industry. The specific subject is improving intermodal service so that it can

    support state and regional highway planning, now facing severe financial cut-backs as revenue sources become fully

    committed to bond servicing, user taxes, loose purchasing power and fuel consumption begins to fall. Intermodal

    traffic grew strongly in the period 1995 – 2007 and UP and BNSF trans-continental routes were improved largely on

    the back of intermodal demand. Alliances with larger trucking companies strengthened and transportation officials

    began to ask whether rail could take some of the predicted freight off key highway corridors. This report addresses

    elements of this question, more especially as it relates to intermodal traffic in Texas and the Southwest. The report

    comprises the following sections. Chapter 2 considers the changes in rail freight since the Staggers Act, Chapter 3

    evaluates Class 1 intermodal service, and Chapter 4 identifies the major trade corridors serving Texas and the

    Southern region of the U.S. Chapter 5 describes rail bottlenecks on the state rail system that might impact future

    intermodal growth, and Chapter 6 concludes by examining the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats to rail

    intermodal service in Texas and the Southern region over the next decade.

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