Posted by: stiltsville | August 12, 2010

Marine Highways move forward

Marine Highway map

Marine highway map

On August 11, 2010, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood identified 18 marine corridors, 8 projects, and 6 initiatives for further development as part of “America’s Marine Highway Program.”
“Making better use of our rivers and coastal routes offers an intelligent way to relieve some of the biggest challenges we face in transportation – congestion on our roads, climate change, fossil fuel energy use and soaring road maintenance costs,” said Secretary LaHood. “There is no better time for us to improve the use of our rivers and coasts for transportation.”

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  1. Hmm… I’m not sure I get it. What exactly are we using waterways for? Right now, the nautical shipping industry is the least efficient form of shipping/transportation. In stiff winds or rough seas, a cruise ship can get 50ft per gallon of gas.

    Unless he is proposing we sail up and down the coasts, if anything transporting more by boats would be adding to fossil fuel usage and related emissions. I think LaHood has good intentions and I am a huge fan of the TIGER grants, but this seems tangential and lacking focus.

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