Are there other ways to move freight across the border?
Implementing innovative ideas that work, like TTI’s Freight Shuttle, is vital to the future of the Texas economy.
In a presentation to the Senate Committee on International Relations and Trade May 4, 2010, TTI Assistant Agency Director Steve Roop reported on the potential of a private-sector freight shuttle system to greatly improve border freight movement. The Freight Shuttle combines technology and operational strategies to provide sustainable and productive freight transportation. It’s designed to address critical freight transportation challenges, including:
- increasing predictability in freight movement;
- improving productivity, measured in terms of the relationship between cost and capacity;
- reducing infrastructure deterioration by removing vehicles from public roadways;
- improving air quality and
- providing greater security, improved safety and better risk management.
Using the best features of truck and rail freight movement, the freight shuttle system is an automated, non-stop, non-divertible means of moving both containerized and trailer-based goods, Roop noted.
To hear Roop’s testimony, visit the Expert Testimony page on TTI’s Strategic Transportation Solutions Center website.