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The purpose of this book is to examine global "best practices" in governmental multimodal/intermodal transport policies, plans, and programs. This task was accomplished by investigating supranational, national, state, and local-government activities in North America, Western Europe, and Latin America. There is great diversity in the ways in which various levels of government (and their institutions) in different regions of the world have responded to the dynamics of worldwide trade liberalization and increasingly competitive markets in the provision of transportation infrastructure. And there is much to be learned from understanding what others are doing, and how they are doing it, and why.
The book consists of eighteen chapters. Chapter 1 discusses global trade liberalization, formation of regional trade blocks, governmental deregulation and privatization of transport enterprises, integrated logistics services, and the evolution of intermodal transportation. Chapter 2 describes U.S. public-sector involvement in transportation in terms of the roles played by federal, state, and local governments. Chapters 3 through 9 examine state- and local-government involvemenet in seven U.S. states: Florida, Minnesota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington State, and Wisconsin.
Three chapters examine transport policies in the European Union, MERCOSUR--the Southern Common Market--, and the North American Free Trade Agreement. The final chapters are case studies of federal-, state-, and local-government involvement in six foreign countries: France, Germany, United Kingdom, Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico. Governmental efforts to promote and implement multimodal/intermodal transport projects are emphasized.
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