Figure 2. Illustration of an Intermodal Freight Shipment Path
Figure 2 illustrates the routing of a multimodal shipment from
origin to destination. In this example, the shipment leaves the true origin by rail, travels to a transfer facility
where the cargo is transferred to a vessel, then travels by water to another transfer facility close to the
destination, from where it is transferred to truck and travels on the highway system to the shipment’s true
U.S. Department of Transportation, Research and Innovative
Technology Administration, Bureau of Transportation Statistics.