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The rapid growth in the country's intermodal business isn't being matched by understanding of intermodalism in public policy. The lack of a unified view of transportation at the national and local levels is a roadblock to greater efficiency and coordination that would foster even greater intermodal growth.
According to Association of American Railroads president and CEO Edward R. Hamberger, 85 percent of the nation's Metropolitan Planning Organizations have no expertise in freight planning. "We have not recognized the need to be unified on the MPO level," Hamberger said at a Transportation Table talk in Washington, D.C.
Hamberger said his group has not "done …