The expectation, however, is that candidate proposals for demonstration funding will have shown sufficient promise in the research and development Proposed Evaluation Method 51 phase to be considered.
Criteria are likely to be more stringent and quantified and include factors such as the potential for commercial success and integration with existing facilities.
The I-710 Alternatives Analysis was undertaken for this reason.
Although funding requirements for demonstration projects or pilot installations are usually much higher than early-stage research and development requirements, the same funding and investment sources may be involved.
EIRs and regional planning efforts typically require examination of alternatives or consid- eration of new technologies.
Analysts and planners must, therefore, evaluate the readiness and applicability of container transport alternatives, even if funds are not being committed at that time.Capital investment in system construction and operations is likely to be a multi-billion dollar decision with far-reaching operational and environmental consequences.In addition to technical, economic, and financial analysis, implementation of an alternative container transport system would almost certainly require a NEPA evaluation and a full-scale EIR.Research and development efforts might be supported by government grants, port authority funds, a private-sector institution, or private investors.In each case, the evaluators are typically looking for promising concepts or ideas, rather than finished solutions or implementable systems. The evaluations are likely to focus on screening or qualification for funding rather than on demonstrated performance.Below is the uncorrected machine-read text of this chapter, intended to provide our own search engines and external engines with highly rich, chapter-representative searchable text of each book.Because it is UNCORRECTED material, please consider the following text as a useful but insufficient proxy for the authoritative book pages.â¢ The evaluation method must consider the state of development and information available for those alternatives.â¢ The process should eliminate infeasible or unresponsive proposals rapidly and efficiently.â¢ Motor carriers, ocean carriers, terminal operators, importers, exporters, and other container shipping industry participants.â¢ National, state, and regional transportation planners and officials. â¢ Researchers at national laboratories and higher-education institutions.