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transportation:

. . . to transport (transport vs transportation) from one place to another; the act or process of moving passengers or things (a load, freight, cargo, lading, or the like) over, above, or below land or water using one or more transportation modes and a transportation network, transportation system, transportation infrastructure and/or transportation services.

Business Dictionary answers the question; what is transportation?

Transportation is a facilitating feature of logistics. It connects the links in a supply chain; likewise, transportation is an operative of distribution along with words such as delivery. Wikipedia has a sustainable distribution article; eHow answers the question: What is transportation and logistics? SlideShare.net has a research report titled Transport and Logistics Chains. Also, moving or carrying from one place to another; all activities, processes, facilities and installations of a plus transportation users.

(Transportation) . . . contributes directly to economic activity and employment through bus, rail, road, air and maritime services. It also has a large indirect impact via all the other sectors and activities in the economy that depend on and use these various modes of transport to move people and goods around, nationally and internationally, in an efficient and safe manner (source of quote: Transportation and economic development / Why smarter transport is good for jobs and growth @ www.ibm.com/iibv)

Transportation is factor in enterprise and economic development, so much so that it is a typical category of location data in a set of site selection criteria. The Economic Development Network website explains the listing of transportation among location data elements.



 
 
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business logistics maintenance:

. . . the upkeep of facilities and other assets, such as transportation equipment, of business and business-like operations in a supply chain. The goal is basically to maintain maximum performance and cost efficiencies throughout the transaction process from one owner to the next, seller to buyer, producer to user or one delivery point to the next.
 

carrier:

. . . an operating entity of a particular transportation mode; a haulage operation (land, water or air transport) providing services to a shipping company or owner of the equipment used. Carriers are enterprises that use their own or leased facilities and equipment, vehicles and/or vessels, or chartered vehicles and/or vessels, for the conveyance of goods and/or people, typically, under contract of carriage when handled commercially.
 

freight:

. . . aka cargo, goods, materials, livestock, produce, etc. identified by a carrier issued shipping receipt, such as a waybill or bill of lading (sometimes spelled bill of laden).
 

intermodal:

. . . related to transport by using more than one form of carrier or means of conveyance during a single journey. A Department of Industrial Engineering, Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS, paper titled Developing a Standard Definition of Intermodal Transportation states that a . . . consensus definition of intermodal transportation does not exit (source of quote); therefore, it compares and critiques several definitions.
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multimodal:

. . . related to the definition of intermodal transportation above while referring to the use of several types of carriers or means of conveyance as opposed to between two types.
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shipping:

. . . the activities of transporting (carrying things, such as cargo or freight, from one place to another) which include packaging, labeling, and arranging for transport or utilizing transportation services in the process. A shipper can be a person or enterprise that sends something in which case a bill of lading or the like is involved. A carrier—person or enterprise providing a shipping service (a type of transportation service) and should be required to provide a shipping receipt by doing so—is also identified as a shipper.
 

transportation infrastructure:

. . . all of the things that have usefulness in a specific transportation system or for transportation in general. An item of transportation infrastructure has utility value in the sense that there is an investment involved and the worth of the thing is based on how well it measures up against anticipated performance. For example, an enterprise that invests in the building of a distribution facility takes the risk that its management will be sufficiently efficient and the market for its inventory will meet expectations. Another example: A road intersection has utility value for taxpayers and users when it is improved and maintained so that a safe, smooth and efficient flow of traffic is achieved, thus increasing the potential for attracting enterprise development projects that create jobs in the local economy.
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transportation mode:

. . . aka mode of transport; a method of transporting; a particular type of conveyance or transportation. A mode of transportation is a . . . solution that makes use of a particular type of vehicle, infrastructure and operation. The transport of a person or of cargo may involve one mode or several modes, with the latter case being called intermodal or multimodal transport. Each mode has its advantages and disadvantages, and will be chosen for a trip on the basis of cost, capability, route and speed (source of quote). Conveyance is a function of cables and pipelines as well as going into outer space.
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transportation network:

. . . Here the definition of network refers to interconnected routes for various transportation modes that make up the framework of a transportation system with its infrastructure of stopping points. A route is a single link between two stopping point opportunities . . . that are part of a larger network that can refer to tangible routes such as roads and rails, or less tangible routes such as air and sea corridors (source of quote).
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transportation services:

. . . dutiful assistance available or offered as well (typically requested) actions or an action taken to provide useful support as wanted or needed from transportation-related enterprises or independent workers. Delivery of a service is a type of production, however, the user or purchaser doesn't take possession of property. Nevertheless, it should be understood that a transportation service can deliver tangible products.
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Who among .network users are interested in transportation?

Advocating the construction of an Interstate Highway System throughout the United States in 1955, President Dwight D. Eisenhower, said . . . Our unity as a nation is sustained by free communication of thought and by easy transportation of people and goods. The ceaseless flow of information throughout the Republic is matched by individual and commercial movement over a vast system of interconnected highways crisscrossing the country and joining at our national borders with friendly neighbors to the north and south (source of quote). Essentially, the statement suggests that anyone who wants or needs to travel some distance or move something that requires hard work to handle is surely interested in transportation to some degree. That more or less tells indicates to us (who we are) that all core users of the network are interested in transportation.


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