Inland Water Transportation

Overview

The 517 inland water transportation providers in the US transport freight and/or passengers on lakes, rivers, or intracoastal waterways, except for the Great Lakes System. Freight transportation accounts for 92% of industry sales; passenger transportation accounts for 8%. Freight transport includes dry bulk; bulk liquids and gases; automobiles and light trucks; boxed, or palletized goods; waste; and livestock.

Aging Infrastructure

The US inland waterway system is aging and in desperate need of repair.

Vulnerability to Weather or River Conditions

Marine transportation is vulnerable to adverse weather or river conditions, which can delay, divert, or postpone travel and increase operating costs.