For more than 30 years, containerized ocean freight has been a significant growth segment for U.S. railroads and their intermodal operations, but it has also become a growing security concern for supply chain members as well as other stakeholders ; both public and private. This research first endeavors to identify those risk factors associated with ocean containers arriving at U. S. ports, then assigns weighting factors to establish a risk assessment tool, and subsequently link it to the rail corridor risk management system (RCRMS) developed by the Federal Railroad Administration.
1. Develop the awareness of the need for and application of an intermodal risk assessment tool
2. Engage industry stakeholders in identifying and filling gaps in intermodal risk assessment criteria
3. Raise the awareness of stakeholders of the need to move beyond modal-specific solutions
4. Encourage further research into the potential risks unique to intermodal traffic