Industry Issues

U.S. Intermodal Network

Defining the Network

The U.S. intermodal network is a shared system where public agencies own some portions like roads, bridges and ports and private companies own or operate the rest, including trucks, trains and their track, and most port terminals.

See the map of the network that the Federal Highway Administration has produced.

Learn some facts about freight volume moving through the U.S. Intermodal Network.

Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council (MTSNAC)

The Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council (MTSNAC) is a chartered federal body tasked with advising the Secretary of Transportation about matters related to the U.S. intermodal network and its connections to maritime transport. The Council has been a MTSNAC member since 2000.

In 2009, MTSNAC completed a report that provided the Secretary with a number of recommendations to improve the marine transportation system, with a particular emphasis on intermodal freight movement.

Freight Stakeholders Coalition

The Freight Stakeholders Coalition represents public and private providers of transportation services as well as their customers working together to promote freight mobility in the United States. The current law governing surface transportation programs, SAFETEA-LU, will expire at the end of September 2009. This Freight Stakeholders Coalition developed a Surface Transportation Reauthorization Platform to inform Congress as it considers provisions of the new law.

Raising Awareness

Members of the World Shipping Council are often called upon to discuss the importance of U.S. transportation infrastructure to the liner shipping industry, and to highlight the challenges facing the system.

WSC President Chris Koch discussed these issues before the JOC Transpacific Maritime Conference in March 2006 and spoke again about them to the Coalition of New England Companies for Trade in March 2008.

Carriers manage a complex network to serve U.S. exports. Read more