Establishing Intermodal Service on the Prince Rupert Gateway

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Primary Investigator

Richard Stewart
University of Wisconsin – Superior
Old Main 135, P. 0. Box 2000
Superior, WI 54880


A new Canadian container port being developed in Prince Rupert, British Columbia opens a new intermodal freight corridor operated by the Canadian National Railroad (CN) to serve the Midwest United States for trade with East Asian countries. This paper particularly explores new potential intermodal services to the Twin Cities region.  The new Prince Rupert route has potential to serve the Twin Cities through two gateways; Chicago, Illinois and the Twin Ports of Duluth, Minnesota and Superior, Wisconsin.  The advantages and disadvantages of using each gateway are discussed.  The paper examines on both routes the issues of: transit time, terminal availability, drayage, corridor congestion, asset utilization, interest inventory costs, freight rates, growth potential, circuitry and transloading. It provides a basis for more studies in the future on this new freight corridor of significant economic values.


This is an investigation into the potential establishment of new intermodal service on the Prince Rupert Gateway.


  1. Literature review
  2. Analysis of intermodal demands and assets in the Twin Ports Catchment area.
  3. Research into traffic patterns and rail network limitations

Project Information

  • Duration: 3 months
  • Dates: October 2007 – December 2007
  • Budget: $3,000
  • Student Involvement: One graduate student
  • Modal Orientation: Highway, Rail, and Maritime
  • Project ID: CFIRE 02-23
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