Freight Trip Generation and Land Use (Jointly Funded as NCHRP 08-80)

The current transportation planning process does not effectively estimate freight activity necessary to assist decisionmakers when making infrastructure choices. While travel-demand modeling has a robust process for estimating passenger travel needs based on the traditional four-step travel-demand modeling process, the same cannot be said for freight-demand modeling. Increased truck volumes, coupled with increased multimodal operations and changing logistics, have made it more difficult for standard modeling techniques to fully account for the dynamic nature of freight transportation for estimating trip patterns when considering land use changes and the resultant traffic changes. Land use-freight relationships represent a central issue for adequately planning infrastructure investments and land use policy and planning. The state of the practice for conducting establishment surveys and collecting freight data are insufficient for addressing emerging needs and demands. Often, evaluating the potential trip generation from a proposed project depends on assumptions such as traffic generation based on square footage or other gross characteristics such as establishment type or the number of loading docks.  In addition, an improved understanding of the relationship between freight trip generation and land use (freight establishment level) characteristics is needed to enable a more comprehensive analysis.  As such, research is needed to improve the elements of freight transportation planning. The objective of this research is to develop a handbook that provides improved freight trip generation rates, or equivalent metrics, for different land use characteristics related to freight facilities and commercial operations to better inform state and local decisionmaking. Trip generation rates shall include all modes of freight transport, except pipelines. The research should also include a CD-ROM tutorial for applying the handbook.


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  • Status: Active
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 25

  • 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

  • Performing Organizations:

    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

    Department of Civil Engineering
    Troy, NY  USA  12180-3590
  • Principal Investigators:

    Holguin-Veras, Jose

  • Start Date: 20091229
  • Source Data: RiP Project 23144

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01461984
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 25
  • Files: TRB, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:56PM