Initiative 2c: New and Upgraded Infrastructure, Intermodal Terminals

Intermodal Terminals
Description: The use and construction of terminals and other transfer facilities to move freight between trucks and other modes of transportation
Targeted mode: All traffic Geographic scope: Corridor
Type of initiative: Infrastructure management: major improvements Primary objective: Improve inadequate infrastructure/ enhance safety
Expected costs and level of effort to implement: Costs and effort depend on the type of project: a new intermodal terminal or improvements to an existing terminal. Creation of master plans to include intermodal conditions is less expensive than the very high cost of constructing a new facility. Extensive stakeholder engagement is necessary, as is an assessment of positive and negative impacts for all economic agents involved. The construction of new facilities may require a lengthy implementation period.
Advantages:

  • Reduce congestion
  • Reduce vehicle-miles traveled
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Enhance economic competitiveness
  • Facilitate intermodal freight
Disadvantages:

  • May require very high capital investments
  • Require long implementation times
  • Require cooperation between multiple stakeholders
  • Moderate probability of unintended consequences
    • Increase perceived noise in the surrounding areas
    • Increase traffic in the vicinity of terminal
    • Potential land use conflicts
Examples:

  • Southern California Intermodal Terminals, California, United States (Southern California EDISON 2007)
  • Ohio’s Intermodal Railroad Terminals, Ohio, United States (Ohio Rail Development Commission 2012)
  • Motorways of the Sea in Europe (MOSES 2001)

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Source: The Port of Los Angeles 2013

Related alternatives: 1. Ring Roads; 2. Freight Cluster Development (Freight Village); 3.Freight Parking and Loading Zones; 4. Truck Stops/ Parking Outside of Metropolitan Areas
References: MOSES 2001; Southern California EDISON 2007

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