The best way to move forward with an idea or agenda that most of a population would be against, is to implement it very slowly. So slowly in fact, that nobody even notices that it is taking place. History is a great lesson for this concept. If you can keep the majority of the people focused on other events that are actually completely meaningless, you can quietly and slowly push forward with the real underlying incentive. Before you know it, the original plan is in place and it simply appears as an every day part of life which has always been there. It has occurred over time, so slowly, that it was never even noticed. Such is the case of the North America Super Corridor.
Previously, there had been talk of the building of a super interstate corridor, connecting the United States with Canada and Mexico in an effort to unite public and private sectors of National and International Trade, as well as Transportation, Security and Environmental issues. With the help of the media, powerful politicians and other players pushing for the super corridor, have been able to silence the talk and discussions surrounding this initiative. They were somewhat successful in turning the talk into another example of rhetoric and conspiracy.
The fact is, the North America’s Super Corridor Coalition (NASCO) has been quietly working on the building of the plan since 1994. With 2500 miles completed, the corridor presently runs through the central United States, eastern and central Canada and deep into Mexico. This trade corridor is a multi-modal transportation network, connecting 71 million people and supports a large part of $1 trillion dollars in total commerce between the three countries. Various sub-committees have sprung from NASCO as well, such as the North American Inland Port Network (NAIPN) which advocates the interests of Inland Ports along the corridor and supports the mission to strengthen and secure the Multi-Modal Trade and Transportation System.
Plans for the future implementation of the super corridor is an on-going process, working quietly in the background. A major aspect of this plan is to reduce the congestion created by our nations’ truck drivers and to reduce the number of bobtailing and empty tractor trailer rigs running the highways. The newest NASCO initiative involves working with the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Pilot Project called the Cross-Town Improvement Project (C-TIP), currently underway in Kansas City. According to the North America Super Corridor Coalition:
“As congestion in the nation’s major metropolitan areas continues to grow, programs that include Transportation Demand Management (TDM) strategies are becoming more popular. TDM strategies are often thought of as passenger-oriented only and often focused on peak hour trip reduction; however, freight trip reduction will also have a significant impact on regional congestion as well as air quality and petroleum use. Heavy trucks may represent only a small portion of total traffic volumes on the nation’s highways, but because of their size and acceleration characteristics, freight movements generally have greater effects on congestion, road wear, and air and noise pollution.”
“The Kansas City Cross-town Improvement Project (C-TIP) provides a solution set for some of the logistics problems associated with intermodal interchanges. Freight transfers require movements between rail carriers, which translate to short cross-town movements (or cross-towns) of 200 trips per week.”
“Additionally, 1,400 weekly local deliveries are generated by intermodal rail movements. These 1,600 loads, however, require truck trips totaling more than three times the number of loads moved, and include bobtail and chassis repositioning moves that generate no or little revenue for carriers, while adding to the total number of truck trips necessary to support the flow of commerce.”
“The Kansas City C-TIP project represents an opportunity to implement freight TDM by reducing regional intermodal truck trips by a minimum of 40 percent. In addition, C-TIP provides innate business benefits for the business community and represents the first step in developing a freight TDM package that focuses on providing positive incentives for trip reduction.”
“By encouraging more loaded truck trips (which generate more revenue for carriers) and fewer bobtail and empty movements, C-TIP will have real economic, congestion reduction, and safety benefits. Moreover, C-TIP will provide a link to regional TDM by eliminating unneeded truck trips thereby reducing truck vehicle miles traveled (VMT).”
“Because it addresses every facet of the truck-based intermodal exchange process, the C-TIP initiative has the potential to dramatically affect the overall efficiency of the intermodal freight network. Additionally, the C-TIP initiative simultaneously offers opportunities to address pressing security, safety, air quality, and traffic congestion issues associated in major population centers throughout the United States. The C-TIP initiative is truly a locally focused project with national implications.”
The North America Super Corridor, specifically aimed at changing the way U. S. trucking transports goods, has been slowly building through the years, regardless that the media and elected officials have kept it under wraps. It is another plan to eliminate a large number of trucks from the U. S. interstate system. Furthermore, it is the implementation of Public Private Partnerships (PPP) which is nothing more than the selling off of America as pointed out by Sally Baptiste of Tolls Create Gridlock.
The exact date that the super corridor will fully open and become operational in the international manner that they want is unknown to me. With recent talks growing stronger concerning the opening of the Mexican border, could the North American Super Corridor be growing closer to the opening stages?
All I can say is that it could have a big impact on American truck drivers and it will have come so slowly, that most will have never seen it coming.
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