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Multi-modal Transportation & Logistics

The region is home to one of the world’s most inter-connected and integrated multi-modal systems, from the United States’ largest rail hub in Chicago to the vast network of airports, roads, pipelines, ports and waterways.

It is a system that ties every aspect of commerce in the region together and connects the region to North American marketplace and the rest of the world. As a result, the system’s economic impact on the region goes well beyond significant.

In fact, according to a report prepared for the United States’ Transportation Research Board as part of is National Cooperative Freight Research Program, in 2007 induced and indirect impacts from freight transportation industries in the region accounted for 3.8 million jobs, $627 billion is gross output, $311 billion in gross domestic product, $200 billion in personal income, and $87 billion in taxes.

But, in building a 21st century regional economy, the Council of the Great Lakes Region, working with partners from business, government and academia, will explore how we can best optimize the freight transportation system to give shippers more transportation options and make the region more competitiveness in today’s just-in-time marketplace.


Related research

Connected, Adaptive and Resilient

April 26, 2017 | CGLR

A Multimodal Transportation Strategy for the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Region

The region’s transportation connections are central to the economic competitiveness and prosperity of the region and the quality of life of 107 million people that call the region home. They will be just as critical to region’s future in a borderless global economy. Read More

Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Region Transportation Trends, Issues and Opportunities

March 13, 2017 | CGLR The region’s multimodal transportation system is central to the economic competitiveness and prosperity of the region. It’s an extensive network of highways, regional and urban roads, railroads and rail terminals, airports, marine ports and inland waterways, pipelines, and transit infrastructure and related services. Read More

Context and Rationale for a Multimodal Transportation Vision and Strategy for the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Region

December 1, 2016 | CGLR The Region, and the world, face many unknowns and significant potential disruptors: climate change, new game changing technologies such as automated vehicles and 3D printing, demographic shifts and associated preferences, including decreasing use of personal cars, the growth of the sharing economy, among other factors. The pace of change and introduction of disruptors is also faster than ever before. Read More