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Unformatted text preview: ompete for these funds and received seven grant awards. The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2010 created a follow -on discretionary grants program for surface infrastructure projects. 3|Page Inland Waterways Negative BDL Economy Add-on Answers [___] [___] No economic gains – plan forces taxpayers to subsidize corporations Brad Walker, W etlands & Floodplain Director at Missouri Coalition for the Environment, 2010 ( FACT SHEET: Historic Subsidy of Inland Waterways Navigation System) Barge Industry contributions are inadequate to properly fund the Inland Waterways Trust Fund’s projects backlog, yet the industry wants to restore IWTF solvency and increase inland waterways navigation investment primarily by increasing the burden on all other taxpayers. The barge industry touts itself as the cheapest form of commodity transportation. Unfortunately, the equation used to derive that designation excludes over 90 percent of the costs to support the inland waterways system. According to the National Academy of Sciences, 1 U.S. taxpayers pay 92 percent of the inland waterway system (IWS) costs of constructing, operating and maintaining barge navigation infrastructure. This is compared to virtually no taxpayer support for rail system users and only 20 percent for highway system users. The general public does receive some benefits from the current dams on the rivers, though it can be argued that the costs, both financial and to the environment, have far exceeded these benefits. The barge industry paid nothing for the original lock and dam system and do not contribute to repairing and restoring degraded riverine ecosystems, which the inland waterways navigation system is largely responsible for causing. The taxpayers have been totally responsible for these costs, and as mentioned above all of the O&M costs and 50 percent of the construction and rehabilitation costs. When all costs are accounted for, the inland waterways system is by far the most expensive shipping system in the country. 4|Page Inland Waterways Negative BDL Economy Add-on Answers [___] [___] Corps’ estimates overstate transportation benefits Donald C. Sweeney, Center for Transportation Studies as its Associate Director and Teaching Professor of Logistics and Operations Management, 2009 (A Critique of “Final Re-Evaluation of the Recommended Plan: UMR-IWW System Navigation Study: Interim Study” Prepared for The Nicollet Island Coalition Donald C. Sweeney II, Ph.D. 9/30/2009 The Corps’ estimates of NED transportation benefits likely overstate the real NED transportation benefits of the recommended plan. The NED model employed by the Corps integrates empirical estimates of shippers’ responses to changes in transportation prices that were derived from surveys of shippers. However, the NED model does not incorporate shippers’ responses to either increased shipping times or decreases in system reliability. W hile incorporating shippers’ responses to changes in water transportation costs represents a significant improvement over older Corps...
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