Y3R2 - Identification and Evaluation of Critical Urban Freight Corridors

There has been a steady increase in demand for goods over the past half-century and therefore there is a continuous need for well-organized freight transportation systems. Optimal use of roadways as the primary and fundamental sector of the freight transportation system is essential. Efficient movement of freight is vital to the rivaling economies of cities and metropolitan areas, and truck highway corridors comprise an essential ingredient of the regional freight transportation system, along with rail and intermodal facilities, river-port barge terminals, and air cargo facilities. To achieve efficient, reliable and robust freight movement, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act requires the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to establish a National Highway Freight Network (NHFN) to strategically direct Federal resources and policies toward improved performance of the NHFN. The main objectives of FAST are to make the Federal surface transportation more streamlined, performance-based, and multimodal, and to address challenges facing the U.S. transportation system, including improving safety, maintaining infrastructure condition, reducing traffic congestion, improving the efficiency of the system and freight movement, protecting the environment, and reducing delays in project delivery. This network is the focus of funding under the National Highway Freight Program (NHFP), and a significant funding target under the Fostering Advancements in Shipping and Transportation for the Long term Achievement of National Efficiencies (FASTLANE) Grants Program (Nationally Significant Freight and Highway Projects Program) (23 U.S.C. 117). The NHFN consists of the following four subsystems: (1) the Primary Highway Freight System (PHFS); (2) those portions of the Interstate System not part of the PHFS; (3) Critical Rural Freight Corridors (CRFCs); and (4) Critical Urban Freight Corridors (CUFCs). (23 U.S.C. 167(c)). The ability to entirely understand and accurately designate freight vehicle route choices is essential in helping to inform regional and state decisions. Specific criteria and requirements exist for identifying and designating CRFCs and CUFCs according to FHWA. This research will focus on CUFCs and the mobility of goods especially on the first-/last-mile links leading to them. Critical Urban Freight Corridors (CUFC) are public roads in urbanized areas which provide access and connection to the primary highway freight system for ports, public transportation, or other intermodal transportation facilities. After identifying the critical urban corridors, as FHWA encourages when making CUFC designations, it is crucial to consider first or last mile connector routes from high-volume freight corridors to freight-intensive land and key urban freight facilities, including ports, rail terminals, and other industrial-zoned lands. Therefore, investigating the first-/last-mile connectors is necessary to inspect the condition of the route regarding how congested it is and figuring out the necessity of modifying the mobility of the area by innovative and cutting edge technologies.


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    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $100000
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      United States Department of Transportation - FHWA - LTAP

      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, DC    20590

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      University Transportation Centers Program
      Department of Transportation
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Managing Organizations:

      Freight Mobility Research Institute

      Florida Atlantic University
      Boca Raton, FL  United States  33431
    • Project Managers:

      Stearns, Amy

    • Performing Organizations:

      Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton

      Boca Raton, FL  United States  33431
    • Principal Investigators:

      Kaisar, Evangelos

      Teegavarapu, Ramesh

    • Start Date: 20190212
    • Expected Completion Date: 20190322
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • USDOT Program: Advanced Research

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01777881
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Freight Mobility Research Institute
    • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747120
    • Files: UTC, RIP
    • Created Date: Jul 27 2021 9:52AM