When most people think about shipping products through Kansas City, they usually think land—trains or trucks. However, the river system is another mode of transportation that should be considered. After all, Kansas City is home to the nation’s largest navigable river system, the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers.
Companies considering a Midwest site should not only remember KC’s central location and low transportation costs, but also KC’s river system. And, companies that are already located in Kansas City need to know that they can gain a competitive advantage, reduce cost and simplify shipping by using the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. In fact, moving products on water is the most cost efficient, environmentally responsible and safe way to move freight.
This is not just speculation or my opinion…
According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, one standard load (15 barges) from Kansas City to St. Louis frees up 900 semi trucks, saves 75,000 gallons of fuel, reduces congestion and reduces traffic accidents.
With the 10 year draught coming to end (US Army Corps of Engineers), now is the time to take advantage of the region’s premiere river system. And, shipping is not the only thing to take advantage of along the river…
As an avid runner and “urbanite”, I run by the river in Berkley Park. The trail is absolutely beautiful with its path taking you through wild flowers, huge trees, under a train bridge and right alongside the river. Every day after work the trail is packed with young professionals and families. Each individual moves at their own pace, but is thankful to have such green scenery in the middle of big city.
Whether you are shipping goods or looking for a good park, I think it is time you get out there and test the water.