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The Heartland intermodal corridor: public private partnerships and the transformation of institutional settings.

  This paper examines the development process of the HeartlandIntermodal Corridor from Norfolk, Virginia to Columbus, Ohio in the United States, opened in September 2010. The aim of the project was to decrease transport costs and increase competitiveness for peripheral regions such as West Virginia by upgrading existing branch lines to double-stack capacity and building new intermodal terminals.

The paper develops a theoretical framework for institutional analysis, combining the overall institutionalsetting with the roles of individual actors confronting a collective action problem. Results suggest that the project represents an observable trend in freight funding policy in the United States, moving away from congressional earmarks which have been criticised in the past for their subjective nature, and towards a more transparent, bid-based system. Findings from the research demonstrate that the institutionalsetting has been transformed, moving towards a reconciliation between top-down planning approaches and market-driven private sector development. Furthermore, encouragement of multi-state public–private consortia will potentially make it easier to develop national corridors that can support new markets, while generating both public and private benefits.

  • Type:

    Article

  • Date:

    31 January 2013

  • Publication Status:

    Published

  • Publisher

    Elsevier

  • DOI:

    10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2012.03.015

  • Library of Congress:

    HE Transportation and Communications

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    388 Transportation; ground transportation

Citation

Monios, J. & Lambert, B. (2013). The Heartland intermodal corridor: public private partnerships and the transformation of institutional settings. Journal of transport geography. 27, 36-45. doi:10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2012.03.015. ISSN 0966-6923

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Keywords

Institutional thickness; Governance; Intermodal; Hinterland; Corridor; Peripheral

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