In the wake of trucker shortages and West Coast labor disputes earlier this year, shippers are beginning to realize the utility of Midwestern ports. To handle increased demand, these ports are working on expanding capacity. In late May, crews from the Duluth Seaway Port Authority, for example, officially broke ground on a $17.7 million intermodal development project to restore service at an abandoned dock. Capacity-building projects are also underway at America's Central Port, the Ports of Indiana and the Port of Milwaukee. In his most recent feature for Progressive Railroading, freelance writer Michael Popke provides some highlights of these and other trends at Midwestern inland ports, as well as rail's impact at each one.
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