A Forecast of the Effects of Containerization on the Transportation System in the State of Virginia

Report No: 73-R27

Published in 1973

About the report:

It was found that valid predictions of the use of containers were extremely difficult to make because of the lack of reliable data. Further, during the time of the study, the local ports negotiated for international consolidation, the dollar was devalued, and relations with foreign countries and the nation's export policies were changed. Because the states through which most container traffic was flowing N.C., W. Va., and Tenn. did not allow twin-trailers, the Virginia twin-trailer prohibition was not considered to be a significant inhibitor to such traffic. And, since less than 1% of the containers entering Virginia ports were overweight, the state's limits on axle weights were not an inhibitor.

Disclaimer Statement:The contents of this report reflect the views of the author(s), who is responsible for the facts and the accuracy of the data presented herein. The contents do not necessarily reflect the official views or policies of the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Commonwealth Transportation Board, or the Federal Highway Administration. This report does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation. Any inclusion of manufacturer names, trade names, or trademarks is for identification purposes only and is not to be considered an endorsement.


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