Overcoming Barriers to Sharing Freight Transportation Data

Public infrastructure managers, environmental planners, freight shippers, and carriers need to understand and anticipate freight flows between regions, in corridors, and on particular links. This requires a variety of data describing the types and volume of freight moved between areas of production and attraction and the characteristics of modes that carry that freight (e.g., quality and cost of service). Key elements of those data come from individual shippers and carriers; the originators of data on shipments by commodity type, volume, and schedule; flows by mode; and levels of service in the logistics system. It has become almost standard for private carriers and shippers to track shipments and vehicles in near-real-time to support operations management. Such detailed and accurate data, in both real-time and archived form, are of high value to public infrastructure operators for management and planning purposes. In particular, these data are essential for modeling freight flows and their environmental and energy consequences, and for testing policies to manage and moderate those consequences. Stakeholders in freight data sharing also include the vendors that collect real-time data for carriers and shippers, as well as consultants who analyze and transform those data into useful management information. However, there are several important barriers to be overcome to collect, share, and make effective use of such private freight flow data. The objective of this research is to provide a general framework for agreements for public-private sharing of freight data to support planning and management decisions. The products will include samples and case studies of successful pubic-private freight data sharing arrangements, identification and analysis of the safeguards included to protect all stakeholders, and model data sharing agreements.</font></div>


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $250000.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 31

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    University Transportation Centers Program
    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    National Cooperative Freight Research Program

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

    Rogers, William

  • Start Date: 20100220
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 25207

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01461700
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 31
  • Files: TRB, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:50PM