Source: Port Authorities.
Modal Split at Selected North American Container Ports, 2007
The modal split of a port reflects its role as a gateway to a large hinterland. The higher the share of road, the more likely that the traffic bound to a port is related to regional economic activities. A sample of the modal split at North American ports reveals a large variation in the respective role of road and rail transportation to service their hinterland. For instance, the New York area is a large consumption market which is related to the high modal split that road transportation has for this port. On the opposite end, the port of Seattle is dominantly used as a gateway to access long distance rail corridors serving the American agricultural, industrial and commercial hinterland.