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Intermodal Transportation

The transportation system in the United States is diverse. Transportation services are provided by a variety of modes including air, highway, rail, pipeline, inland and coastal water, with ownership under the private enterprise system. The preservation and expansion of this diversity offers the benefits of freedom of choice, service alternatives, competitive innovations and economic efficiency.

TCA supports cooperative and effective intermodal transportation, achieved through interchange agreements, joint rates and through routesamong independently-owned and operated carriers.

A highly-effective and integrated intermodal system does not require common ownership of transportation modes. Effective intermodal transportation yields economic efficiencies only when each of the transportation modes is self-supporting and does not rely on government subsidies or cross subsidization of any sort to underwrite operating costs.

All carriers participating in an intermodal movement have a right to a fair and equitable share of the transportation charges assessed for the movement and to prompt and full payment of their lawful transportation and drayage charges. TCA supports administrative, legislative or other action which will ensure that motor carriers are promptly paid their lawful rates and charges.

Intermodal Infrastructure

An integrated and productive intermodal infrastructure is dependent upon effective and timely interchange between modes. In the furtherance of intermodal growth and efficiency of motor carriers involved in intermodal transportation, TCA supports legislative, administrative and other efforts to improve highway access to intermodal freight transfer facilities.

Adopted February 10, 1992