Source: Port Authorities.
Modal Split at Selected North American Container Ports, 2007
The North American hinterland usually involves long distances,
which is related to the higher role of rail transportation, particularly
in comparison with Europe.
Still, there are substantial variations in the modal split of ports,
which is attributable to their hinterland. The
differences between East Coast and West Coast port hinterlands are noticeable. Ports
such as New York, Hampton Roads, Houston and Savannah are servicing an
immediate hinterland, implying a higher share of trucking. San Pedro Bay
ports (Los Angeles and Long Beach), Seattle and Vancouver have a much
higher share of rail, particularly since they serve as gateways to