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FHWA Releases Freight Intermodal Connectors Study

May 30, 2017
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The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration has announced the availability of the Freight Intermodal Connectors Study, which may be useful for regional planning organizations and other stakeholders. Freight intermodal connectors are roads that provide the “last mile” connection between major intermodal freight facilities (e.g., ports, airports, intermodal rail yards) and the National Highway System (NHS).  Although the officially designated network of NHS intermodal connectors accounts for less than one percent of total NHS mileage, these roads are critical for the timely and reliable movement of freight.  It is therefore important to understand the use, condition, and performance of the nation’s intermodal connectors since they have a direct impact on efficient goods movement and economic health.

FHWA began a study to provide a comprehensive understanding of the condition and performance of a representative sample of the NHS freight intermodal connectors. The study is designed to be a resource to State and local partners.  Information in the study can be used to inform the freight planning process and freight investment decisions.

For more information about the Intermodal Connectors Study, please contact Tiffany Julien of the FHWA Office of Freight Management and Operations, or 202-366-9241.