Francine In Retirement
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Pittsburgh is one of the great industrial cities of the United States.  $9 billion of commerce flow through the Port of Pittsburgh annually, making it the 2nd largest inland port and 20th largest overall port in the U.S.   Coal comprises 76% of the total commerce flow, making it by far the most influential commodity in that area.







Coal is used to produce power to run approximately half of the country’s electrical power grid.  Coal Coke is a primary resource for the production of steel.  Pittsburgh currently produces 25% of steel used in the U.S. Given this information, coal can be considered a key resource and primary driver of the commerce flow along the Three Rivers.

Coal can move by three different modes of transport. To move a ton of coal one mile by barge would cost $.005, by railway $.05, and by truck $.10. The waterways are therefore the most efficient and economical mode of transportation.

Pittsburgh has infrastructure in place to move coal by all three modes of transport.

Read more here.

I took the above photos on different occasions of exploring Pittsburgh.

Visit Jakesprinter for more transport photos.



11 Responses to “SUNDAY POST: TRANSPORT”

  1. Most of us don’t even think of coal being used so much anymore. Thanks for this post!

  2. It’s a shame that the world is so dependant on energy sources that are polluting…

  3. Goodness the barge is really cost effective!

  4. My favourite would be the one of the barge Francine.
    I enjoyed reading your article. Interesting to learn a little about your city.

  5. Great pics as always, Francine. The barge is awesome. 🙂

  6. Im in line with your other readers, the Barge is awesome!

  7. Up until very recently, Edison ran a coal-fueled power plant just north of where Zia lives. The power plant has closed now but you could watch coal-filled barges move up Lake Huron to the plant. I didn’t realize how much cheaper it is to move coal via water than by any other means. Thanks, Francine, for today’s lesson. 🙂

  8. Good choices of images Francine…. Thanks for sharing my friend 🙂

  9. Francine you take theist interesting photos. They’re plCes and things I’d never think of photographing. Great selection for the challenge.

  10. I love the big “ugly” transports as much as the small pretty ones. They all have their uses, don’t they Francine? 🙂

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