The transportation industry continues to be central to the US economy. The greatest increases in productivity could all be negated if the goods don't get to market. Individually, the transportation modes cover the nation with a network of air routes, roads and highways, rail, canals and ports, and pipelines. There are advantages and disadvantages related to cost and global and domestic coverage. As such, it is critical that apportionment of funding relates to the anticipated volume of freight throughput at these facilities. Managing congestion, infrastructure upkeep and expansion problems associated with this industry are paramount to any future growth and realization of potential. The transportation industry can do more to compress time than any other industry, thus satisfying the manufacturer's need to make the product when it' s needed. Movement of the right product quantity, at the right time, to the right place will shorten the logistics time line.
ICAF Industry Studies 1998