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Appendix C—National Highway System
Freight Intermodal Connectors

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Background


Connector Condition

Investment Information

 

Background

Section 1106(d) of TEA-21 enacted June 9, 1998, requires the Secretary to conduct a "review of the condition of and improvements made, since the designation of the National Highway System, to connectors on the National Highway System that serve seaports, airports, and other intermodal freight transportation facilities..." National Highway System (NHS) connections to major passenger and freight intermodal terminals were designated in November 1995 by the Federal Highway Administration in cooperation with the States and approved by Congress in TEA-21. Connections to 1407 major freight and passenger terminals were identified totaling 2032 miles. There were 519 freight terminals (port, rail, and pipeline facilities) approved by TEA-21. In addition, 100 major freight airports were identified in cooperation with FAA. An analysis of the condition of and the investments on the connectors is presented here. Additional analyses on the investment process and impediments to making investments is underway and will be reported to Congress in June 2000.

Data Collection

To obtain the information necessary to meet the requirements of Congress, it was decided that a field inventory of the freight connectors by FHWA Division Offices in each State was necessary. Inventory data was obtained for the following categories: connector condition, investment information, and the investment process. Much of the information was obtained from existing data sources maintained within the State DOTs, MPOs and possibly local jurisdictions when available. However, in most cases, on-site visits were needed to supplement available sources. The field inventory information was designed to be collected on a field visit and relies primarily on the observations and judgement of the field data collector.

Information on investments was critical to the study, however, there were difficulties associated with getting complete data, especially where local and private sector funding is involved. The Transportation Improvement Programs (TIPs) and Statewide Transportation Improvement Programs (STIPs) were the primary source of information. Since not all improvements are listed as separate projects on the TIPs and STIPs, they had to be supplemented with input from local agencies or private sources, or discussions with terminal operators where possible. The inventory also requested information on any perceived impediments to investments on connectors.

 

 
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