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Infrastructure Capacity, Pricing and Gateway Competition
Dr. Robin Lindsey

The federal and western provincial governments in Canada have recently launched several major infrastructure investments to facilitate Asia-Pacific trade, including port capacity expansions and new roads, bridges and pipelines. This paper reviews some analytical models of transport infrastructure investment, congestion pricing and competition, and draws some lessons for freight transport and gateway competition from a Canadian perspective. The analysis applies to all modes of transport although emphasis is given to maritime transport and seaports. Attention is also focused on the complexities of freight transport and gateway competition, the need for further model-based research, and the scope for cross-fertilization between the literatures on maritime transport, air transport and other transport modes.

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