Impact of Smart Growth on Metropolitan Goods Movement

Smart growth has been proposed as an alternative to urban sprawl. There has been substantial research on the application of smart growth to passenger transport, but little has been done to examine its impact on goods movement. Transportation planning organizations are looking to influence future land-use patterns to create livable, sustainable communities by reducing such factors as vehicle miles traveled (VMT) and congestion, and therefore greenhouse gas emissions. However, along certain roadway segments, smart growth policies could increase congestion. Such congestion could decrease average speed, increase the frequency of hard vehicle accelerations, decrease vehicle fuel economy, and increase air pollutant emissions. Land-use activities (zoning, urban growth limits, etc.) are often disconnected from decisions regarding investments in the goods movement system. Understanding how land-use decisions can impact goods movement demand will become increasingly important. In addition, improved modeling that fully accounts for impacts of future land use on personal and goods transportation, in terms of VMT and potentially other metrics, could be used to help design smart growth strategies that result in the greatest emissions benefit. The objective of this research is to modify existing public domain tools or models to provide guidance to identify the interrelationships between goods movement and smart growth applications that can be used by decisionmakers to more accurately understand metropolitan goods movement demand and relevant performance metrics.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 32

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Department of Transportation

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration
    Washington, DC  USA  20590

    National Cooperative Freight Research Program

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

    Rogers, William

  • Start Date: 20101001
  • Source Data: RiP Project 25251

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01461674
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 32
  • Files: TRB, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:50PM