Project Genesis

Transportaion SystemsThe multimodal freight transportation system within the Great Lakes-Saint Lawrence Basin (GLSLB, or Basin, as defined in the map below) provides linkages to key gateways and corridors in the U.S. and Canada, and plays an important role in connecting the economy of North America, and the Heartland region in particular. The economic productivity of the Basin is dependent on the overall transportation performance of the multimodal freight system in the GLSLB.    

The multimodal freight transportation network around the GLSLB comprises 15 large international ports and 50 regional ports, as well as major road, rail, airport and pipeline connections.    

Many parts of the surface transportation system around the GLSLB are capacity constrained and congested, whereas the marine assets of the GLSLB, including its waterways, are largely underutilized (albeit constrained by other impediments including regulation, physical characteristics, geography, etc.).     

In order to support investment and planning initiatives, policy recommendations and a coordinated effort to maintain an effective multimodal freight transportation system in the GLSLB, research is needed to document and better understand the contribution of the Basin to the economic vitality of North America and to help realize the total modal potential of the area.    

Accordingly, in April 2010, a Request for Proposal was issued by the TRB for a study focusing on Multimodal Freight Transportation Within the Great Lakes-Saint Lawrence Basin (NCFRP 35). In November 2010, the CPCS team was awarded the contract to undertake this research effort. The output of this study will yield clear policy, planning lessons and supporting research tools, data1 and analysis to be used to support future work and research to improve the performance of the regional multimodal freight transportation system.