Undertoad Monday Mar 6 02:03 PM
3/6/2006: Graphic of freight in and out of California
barefoot serpent Monday Mar 6 02:32 PM
Reminds me of the graphic representation of Napoleon's march to Moscow
Pancake Man Monday Mar 6 03:16 PM
Lesson learned here? Don't make fun of truckers in California.
WabUfvot5 Monday Mar 6 05:16 PM
We control the cocaine flow and the hashish flow.
Cyclefrance Monday Mar 6 05:26 PM
It's OK, but how do you work out what is coming in and what is going out?
Elspode Monday Mar 6 05:28 PM
Looking at this graphic only reinforces the notion that the Midwest, especially Kansas City, is just the part you have to drive through to get somewhere else. Jeez, even Des Moines gets more traffic through it on I-80 than we do on I-70.
barefoot serpent Monday Mar 6 05:53 PM
Undertoad Monday Mar 6 06:02 PM
Yabbut Spode, this is just the California traffic.
Undertoad Monday Mar 6 06:07 PM
Maine domestic is kinda cool because, according to the data, 3/4ths of it is logs. So the bulk of ME output is heavy and doesn't go very far, just far enough to be milled. But other ME products, such as lobsters, might trickle across the country:
Katkeeper Monday Mar 6 06:20 PM
Lobsters might be flown, not trucked. Poland Spring Water would be one item. And how about L.L. Bean??
barefoot serpent Monday Mar 6 07:15 PM
looks like they're counting the St. Lawrence Seaway traffic -- containers, barges, ferrys?
Elspode Monday Mar 6 08:04 PM
UT is right...and on further consideration, let Des Moines have all them flakey Left Coasters!
xoxoxoBruce Monday Mar 6 09:36 PM
glatt Monday Mar 6 10:06 PM
Maine also has potatoes and blueberries.
xant Tuesday Mar 7 12:07 AM
So, I looked at a bunch of those maps picked arbitrarily, and there's thick red lines coming out of every state. None appear to be up to California's shipping level.
CharlieG Tuesday Mar 7 08:49 AM
How about NY State
xoxoxoBruce Tuesday Mar 7 06:52 PM
I wonder what all these maps would look like if you subtracted all the walmart crap?
capnhowdy Tuesday Mar 7 07:47 PM
It would prolly go from shipping veins to capillaries.
BrianR Tuesday Mar 7 11:13 PM
Looks familiar to me. I've hit most of those routes at one time or another already!
tw Wednesday Mar 8 01:06 AM
I was rather surprised how little is still shipped in containers by rail. I was also surprised how much freight that arrives in the NE by ship ends up on the Gulf Coast by truck.
tw Thursday Mar 9 03:15 AM
In social studies, we were taught that the St Lawrence Seaway provided mid-west ports with access to the internation commerce. However the figure confirms what I have heard so often elsewhere. The St Lawrence Seaway was constructed too small to be sufficiently competitive:
milkfish Friday Mar 10 06:24 AM
xoxoxoBruce Friday Mar 10 07:48 PM
The flow is going the right way, it's the state that's limp.
busterb Friday Mar 10 08:04 PM
Years ago, when they used ice pack chickens, Hwy 80 was wet all time from the water drippin off chicken trucks from MS. headed to CA. Then they went to co2 pack. BrianR. Have you been around long enought to remember blowing ice on load and cranking the put-put? BTW they don't pay freight on ice.
pdaoust Sunday Mar 12 08:03 PM
The first thing I thought of when I saw the map was, "oh my gosh, the red Martian scourge is real. Good thing it hasn't spread up here to Canada."