By  on October 7, 2008

Researchers are trying to determine how to make better use of U.S. coastal waters to transport goods because of rising oil prices and a withering transit infrastructure.

A team of experts from the Institute of Global Maritime Studies and Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy issued a report last week examining the potential benefits of shifting freight from crowded roadways on the East, Gulf and West Coasts to coastal seas. The report, “America’s Deep Blue Highway: How Coastal Shipping Could Reduce Traffic Congestion, Lower Pollution and Bolster National Security,” focuses on the premise that the transportation system is approaching a crisis point.

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