Cargo Capacity of Different Transportation Modes Comparison of the cargo capacities of a barge, rail car, train, and semi truck (adapted from Iowa Department of Transportation)
Energy Efficiency of Shipping Methods Number of miles one ton can be carried per gallon of fuel (Adapted from U.S. DOT Maritime Administration)
Rate of Spills in Gallons per Million Ton-miles (Adapted from ACBL)
The Clean Choice (Adapted from ACBL)
Barge transportation emits significantly less carbon dioxide than railroads and trucks, which helps us all breathe easier.
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For additional information on the benefits of barging from the Texas Transportation Institute's study, "A Modal Comparison of freight Transportation Effects on the General Public, visit the National Waterways Foundation's Research page.