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BYLINE: BY JOSEPH BONNEY
One river barge can carry as much as 70 trucks, but inland towing probably commands one-seventieth as much public attention as trucking.
The comparative anonymity is understandable, given the unglamorous cargoes that barges tend to carry, the fact that much waterway commerce is conducted out of public view, and the industry's size. "We're probably a $10 billion to $15 billion business, about the size of one railroad or one major airline," says Peter Stephaich, chairman of Campbell Transportation Co. in Pittsburgh.
Inland towing's low profile wouldn't matter, except for its effect on legislation and regulation. Out of sight, …