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FHWA Schedules Talking Freight Webinar on 7/15: Examining the Growth of Inland Ports

July 09, 2020
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On July 15, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. ET, the Federal Highway Administration will host a webinar on inland ports as part of the monthly Talking Freight series.  Inland ports, which are typically intermodal rail yards that are connected by rail to coastal marine ports, have become increasingly popular in recent years. The facilities extend the marine ports’ geographic reach, and help reduce congestion at the marine ports’ primary, water-based facilities.  For the railroads, the inland ports provide an opportunity to consolidate and attract long distance rail shipments and short distance truck shipments and improve their economies of scale to directly serve ports.  Regional truck carriers can also benefit from the inland facilities by reducing their need to directly serve congested marine ports and by increasing the amount of intermediate length haul shipments that allow drivers to go home most nights, rather than spending days at a time on the road.  Finally, states often support inland ports because they provide economic development and job opportunities in areas separate from the marine ports while also reducing congestion near those marine ports. Learn more and register here.