Connecting Appalachia to both a domestic and worldwide chain of suppliers and markets is essential to the economic success of its businesses, communities, and people. By coordinating the ADHS with other highway, rail and inland waterway systems, Appalachia can help its existing businesses become more competitive and attract new businesses and employment to the Region. ARC supports research, planning, and development activities designed to improve accessibility to the Region's transportation resources as well as the responsiveness of those resources.
ARC's intermodal transportation development strategies include:
In 2007, ARC established a regional study group to evaluate changing macro-economic trends and project the affects of these trends on the Region's future commerce and on the movement of goods to, from, and across Appalachia. The group, which includes economic development, transportation, and international trade professionals from across Appalachia, published its research and recommendations in the report Network Appalachia.