Greening Freight Transportation: An Analysis of Some Social Benefits from Shifting Freight Traffic to Off-Peak Hours

Freight movement is essential to our prosperity, but it also generates large external costs in the form of additional congestion, air pollution, and truck-related accidents that further compound congestion and air pollution. Unfortunately, these external costs are not yet fully understood. The idea of shifting freight delivery off-peak was proposed a long time ago but it is still controversial. The purpose of this project is to better assess some of the social benefits of shifting freight operations off peak with an emphasis on congestion, sir pollution (CO2, NOx, and PM), its health impacts, and accidents related to freight trucks, using an innovative approach and state-of-the-art tools. Our focus will be on the San Pedro Bay Ports (SPBP) of Los Angeles and Long Beach in Southern California, which is one of the largest container port complexes in the world; it contributes significantly to both California's and the nation's economies but its growth is threatened by its environmental performance. We will build on our previous University of California Transportation Center (UCTC) research in order to provide new insights into the impacts of off-peak SPBP freight corridor operations.


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    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $95778.00
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      California Department of Transportation

      1227 O Street
      Sacramento, CA  United States  95843

      Department of Transportation

      Research and Special Programs Administration
      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, DC    20590
    • Performing Organizations:

      University of California Transportation Center (UCTC)

      University of California, Berkeley
      2614 Dwight Way, 2nd Floor
      Berkeley, CA  United States  94720-1782

      University of California, Irvine

      Institute of Transportation Studies
      4000 Anteater Instruction and Research Building
      Irvine, CA  United States  92697
    • Principal Investigators:

      Saphores, Jean-Daniel

    • Start Date: 20100801
    • Expected Completion Date: 0
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • Source Data: RiP Project 28000

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01463720
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: University of California Transportation Center (UCTC)
    • Contract Numbers: 7490
    • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:29PM