Making Freight-Centric Communities More Livable: Measuring the Impact of Advanced Technologies

Communities that attract or retain industrial viability are considered less livable, but reducing, limiting, or mitigating freight operations have direct, measurable economic impacts. This research will measure benefits of advanced technologies and practices to safely blend freight with passenger, transit, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic including Safe Routes to School. These technologies could mitigate a community's safety, noise, and environmental concerns and accelerate implementation of improved practices. This research involves scenario-based analyses to evaluate quantifiable livability benefits of adopting these technologies. Advanced technologies such as intelligent transportation system ( ITS), intersection management, dynamic mobility, dynamic route guidance, and optimization will be reviewed for application suitability. As a case study, a selected subset of advanced ITS technologies will be applied in the Memphis area and evaluated for their sustainability, cost effectiveness, transferability to other regions, and safety impacts. National Center for Freight & Infrastructure Research and Education (CFIRE) partner institutions bring different research experiences and strengths that coalesce in the proposed research including cutting-edge modeling approaches in simulating the behavior of many elements of the freight transportation system, designing ITS travel information systems, and using geographic information systems (GIS) and related information technologies. Additionally, the Federal Highway Administration has shown a strong interest in using Memphis as a test bed for evaluating the application of advanced technologies to improve the efficiency of freight movement in an urban environment.


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    • Status: Completed
    • Funding: $384785.00
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      U.S. Department of Transportation Research and Innovative Technology Administration

      1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
      Washington, DC,     20590
    • Project Managers:

      Lipinski, Martin

    • Start Date: 20120701
    • Expected Completion Date: 0
    • Actual Completion Date: 20161231
    • Source Data: RiP Project 32901

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01466650
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education (CFIRE)
    • Contract Numbers: DTRT12-G-UTC19, RI-02
    • Files: UTC, RIP, USDOT
    • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 3:21PM