Through this study IDOT will examine statewide port facilities, users, operators and carriers, as well as waterborne commodity flows, volumes, utilization and capacity.

IDOT will also assess the economic impact of ports on the state and the economic contributions of major industries that rely on the Illinois Marine Transportation System (IMTS).

A port, waterway and system-level identification of needs will be completed, along with programmatic recommendations for action.

The IMTS is comprised of ports, navigable waterways, the great lakes, and intermodal landside infrastructure that allows transportation to, from, and on water.

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Get more information on the Illinois Marine Transportation System Plan.


BJ Murray, IDOT Bureau of Planning
(217) 782-4118

Adam Miliszewski, WSP
(312) 981-3331

Did you know?

  • There are 1,118 miles of navigable inland waterways within the IMTS
  • llinois waterborne freight totaled 107.8 million tons in 2014 valued at $32 Billion
  • Nearly 9% of the state's freight tonnage is moved through the IMTS annually
  • Marine transportation brings $6.4 billion to the state's economy annually
  • There are 19 port districts within the IMTS, along with over 350 private terminals

One 15 Barge Tow is equivalent to:

  • 216 Rail Cars and 6 Locomotives
  • 1,050 Large Semi Tractor-Trailers
  • 1 Gallon of Fuel Moves 1 Ton of Cargo 616 Miles by Water, 478 Miles by Rail, 150 Miles by Truck