The Rahall Transportation Institute and the Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) at Marshall University of Huntington, WVA has begun a large-scale, intermodal shipping and receiving operations feasibility study to benefit the Appalachian Region.

"Intermodal shipping is a valuable tool for retaining and attracting companies to ensure a solid economic future," says Patrick J.Donovan, RTI Director, Maritime & Intermodal Transportation. "The economy of our region depends on reliable, economical transportation for businesses to compete. Multi-modal, multi-functional terminals and intermodal trans-loading facilities are essential for our region."

RTI and CBER are completeing this work in support of the statewide intermodal and multimodal transportation partnership project with the West Virgina Public Port Authority.

More than 2,600 surveys were mailed to shipping and operations companies throughout the Appalachian Region.

"The assistance of participants is greatly appreciated and necessary to make this a meaningful survey. Information will be used to estimate immediate transportation needs and project demand for the future."

For more information about participation or to receive research results from this study, contact Patrick J. Donovan at (304) 696-2906 or, or Dr. Junwook Chi at (304) 696-3311 or

Additional participants may complete the 15-minute survey online by clicking here.

Participation is voluntary, and results will be used to estimate immediate transportation needs and project demand for the future. To protect the privacy of participants, individual results will not be revealed and statistics will be reported in summary form only.