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Mid-America Transportation Center

A Preliminary Appraisal of the Safety and Operational Effects on the Regional Transportation System Created by New Rail-Truck Intermodal Facilities

Final Report
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University of Kansas

Transportation Systems Engineering


  • Principal Investigator: Thomas Mulinazzi ( (785)864-2928)
  • Co-Principal Investigator: Steven Schrock ( (785) 864-3418)
  • Graduate Students
  • Robert Rescot
  • Project Status
  • Start Date: 3/10/2008
  • End Date: 12/31/2009
  • Sponsors & Partners
  • Kansas Department of Transportation
  • University of Kansas
  • About this Project
    Brief Project Description & Background
    In today’s world of global supply chains, the manufacturing of goods is increasingly spread out throughout the world. This ever widening supply chain has placed increased demands for freight movement across the country. Coincidently in the United States, this has created new opportunities for the railroad industry to compete with the trucking industry for long haul operations. Key to much of the railroad growth is the strategic expansion of rail-truck intermodal facilities. In the realm of safety, these facilities reduce the number of long haul truck trips, at the expense of concentrating trucks into a single area, and increasing rail traffic at at-grade crossings along the tracks. This research seeks to understand the operational and safety impacts of intermodal facilities on transportation networks shared by the surrounding community
    Research Objective
    The objective is to investigate the impacts of the intermodal rail-truck facility in Gardner, Kansas on the surrounding community.
    Potential Benefits
    Improve the safety of the transportation network.
    Investigate the impacts of an intermodal rail-truck facility in Gardner, Kansas on the surrounding community.
    Total Project Cost
    $ 71,500
    Modal Orientation
  • Freight
  • Railroad
  • Safety and Human Performance