Research for the AASHTO Standing Committee on Planning. Task 55. The Role of Collaboration in Freight Transportation Management

The case examples of public-private freight collaboration documented in this report illustrate why investing in a private good has public benefits, and why these ventures are worth the effort involved to both the public and private sectors. The four examples range from a simple state/railroad partnership around a single rail line and port to much more complex multi-state, multi-modal collaborations involving hundreds of millions of dollars in improvements. In each case, money served as an early catalyst for getting the parties to the table, but each collaborative mechanism was unique. Other important ingredients to these projects were strong leadership and respect among the participants, attributes that built trust and kept collaborators together, leading to success for all the partners. One unexpected finding is that once trust is established, partners in successful collaborations go on to take on other tasks for their mutual benefit.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $49965.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 08-36, Task

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW, Suite 225
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Project Managers:

    McCready, Ronald

  • Performing Organizations:

    TransManagement, Incorporated

    10 Clay Road
    White River Junction, VT  United States  05001
  • Start Date: 20050415
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20060315
  • Source Data: RiP Project 11660

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  • Accession Number: 01557246
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Cooperative Highway Research Program
  • Contract Numbers: Project 08-36, Task
  • Files: RIP
  • Created Date: Mar 19 2015 1:01AM