The Missing Transportation Mode

Sometimes the Simplest Solutions are the Hardest to See

Today the United States has two well-recognized surface transportation modes—rail and road— and a third, which largely is forgotten. Missing is the marine mode.

Less than .003% of the U.S. Department of Transportation budget is proposed to be spent on the marine mode. A tiny fraction of that amount was allocated in FY 2010-2011 to starting up and supporting the American Marine Highway program and zero funding is budgeted for the program in FY 2012. Remarkably, America’s most underutilized and efficient transportation system asset is barely visible on the Federal funding screen.

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