According to the most recent Railroad Facts 2010 edition from the American Association of Railroads, approximately 9.88 Million trailer and containers traveled across the United States in 2009. The data further breaks down to 1.64 Million Trailers versus 8.24 Million containers. In 1990, there were just 6.2 Million of these combined assets on the railroads. More striking, the number of containers has risen during that time from 2.75 Million to the 8.24 Million in 2009.
What does this mean?
More and more our transportation providers are moving goods from the truck to rail and back to truck again. This means the chain of custody of those goods is changing multiple times during the trip. It also means that our transportation system has vulnerabilities far beyond the possibility of a high jacked truck.
How many of these containers are tracked continuously tracked through their travels? How do we know that during the many stops along the rail passage that a...
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