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Unformatted text preview: Y SYSTEM, www.dtic.mil/cgi-bin/GetTRDoc?AD=ADA469583) The inland waterway system of the United States stands as a minimally exploited system that, if optimized, could help eliminate the congestion of overland transport, pollution, and provide a low cost alternative to long haul passages. The USDOT should aggressively promote inland waterways as an effective alternative to overland transportation. U.S. Inland Waterway System stakeholders must embrace emerging technologies that more efficiently manage traffic on inland waterways to mitigate lock-imposed delays. An intra-governmental approach to managing national water resources must be better integrated at the local, state, and federal level, eliminating political impediments to system efficiency. Integrated planning to effectively link the national transportation network with state and local intermodal infrastructure must be encouraged and managed strategically. The federal government must lead efforts to develop adequate funding strategies, seeking public-private collaboration, to maintain the investment streams that support new construction, operations, and maintenance of the inland waterway system, making it a reliable and affordable means of transportation in the future. Inland waterway infrastructure must be prioritized and resources focused on the most value - added gateways supporting objectives of the national freight transportation system. Overall the system should be repaired and modernized and, in certain cases, enlarged to meet the industry standard requirement for locks of 1200 feet. The federal government and the USDOT, using an interagency approach, must continue to develop transportation strategies that encourage the balanced growth of each industry sector, leading leads to more effective integration of inland waterway transportation. The USTRANSCOM deployment and distribution model should be commercially replicated at the national level to highlight alternative freight transportation planning opportunities that leverage the capabilities of each transport mode. The USDOT must provide shippers incentives for increased use of inland waterways, expanding container -on- barge opportunities to alleviate congestion and increase capacity of the freight tran sportation system at the national level. 9|Page Inland Waterways Affirmative BDL General Economy Add-On [___] Investing in waterway infrastructure will strengthen the economy US Department of Transportation, 2011 (April, America’s Marine Highway Report to Congress, http://www.marad.dot.gov/documents/MARAD_AMH_Report_to_Congress.pdf ) America’s Marine Highway has an important role as an alternative and supplement to highway and rail movements of freight and passengers. An important component of the value of this role stems from its contribution to resiliency of the surface transportation system and in providing options to shippers and passengers who might otherwise be captive to another transportation mode. A Marine Highway corridor that...
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