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Carrying the freight: using roads, rails, and rivers to the region’s advantage

About half the freight that passes through St. Louis barely slows down, much less stops.

For the region to benefit from being at the crossroads of the country, local business, industry, civic, and political leaders need to devise ways that St. Louis becomes more of a destination, or an origin, and not just a sign post along the way to somewhere else.

Over the next 30 years, freight tonnage is expected to increase by 47 percent, an average growth rate of 1.3 percent. Truck tonnage is expected to increase by 74 percent, with an average growth rate of 1.9 percent. There is expected to be growth in all modes of

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