present, America's ports and Intermodal transport systems (highway
and rail) are operating at capacity. The congestion in the ports
and on main highway corridors has reached a critical stage in
terms of inefficiency, waste, and environmental damage. Recent
TEA-21 & TEA Lu legislation identified over $67 billion dollars
annually of wasted motor fuel and public time due to highway congestion.
The projections for the immediate and long term future are worse.
The volume of containerized cargo into the U.S. was projected
in 1999 to double by 2020. The Port Authority of New York and
New Jersey now projects its container volume to double by 2013.
To translate that congestion volume into highway statistics, the
I-95 Corridor Coalition advised that trucks now move over 165
billion ton-miles of freight through the Atlantic region annually.
On average, 10,000 trucks use the I-95 corridor daily, and the
area is projected to service 58,000 trucks per day by the year
interstate highway development is estimated at $32 million per
mile with the cost of each new interchange estimated at an additional
$110 million. Environmentally, the costs of expansion are immense:
available land for widening highways is limited and environmentally
sensitive, and the major interstate route of I-95 cannot be double
tracked. The solution to our Nation's capacity problem is not
within the Interstate Highway System.
solution along the I-95 corridor is Coastal Connect"