Sunday, January 16, 2011

Too important to shut down

From: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

When an event like last week’s snowstorm freezes travel through metro Atlanta, the entire Southeast gets a chill.

Atlanta was founded as a railroad hub, and today it is one of the nation’s busiest transportation hubs, sometime called the “largest inland port in America.” Among its assets:

● Three major interstate highways intersect in the city: I-85, I-75 and I-20.

● Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is the world’s busiest air passenger hub and has been ranked among the top 30 for freight.

● Major intermodal rail terminals — some among the nation’s largest — where container freight carried by trains from ports such as Savannah is transferred to trucks for delivery throughout country.

● Headquarters of major shippers such as UPS and the Saia trucking firm.

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