Equivalent units & Carbon Footprint:
One Barge = 13.4 Jumbo Hopper Rail Cars = 58 Large Semi-Trucks
One 15 Barge Tow = Two 100 Car Trains = 870 Large Semi-Trucks
In terms of CO2 produced per ton of cargo moved per ton - mile (emissions generated while shipping one ton of cargo per one mile).
Tons of CO2 per million ton-miles:
Barge - 19.3 Rail - 26.9 Truck - 71.6
These facts coupled with increased safety and reduced transportation infrastructure impact, speak volumes to the need to expand the use of our waterway for our transportation of goods in the country.