Performance Metrics Used by Freight Transport Providers

The newly-established National Cooperative Freight Research Program (NCFRP) has allocated funding to a project entitled "Performance Metrics for Freight Transportation Productivity." According to the project's background discussion, "public and private decisions related to the freight industry should be based on a thorough analysis of the impacts of those decisions. These analyses are routinely made in the private sector but less commonly in the public sector. As the demand for freight movements outstrips the capacity of the nation's highway, rail, waterway, air, and port systems, the effects are felt as congestion, upward pressure on freight prices, and longer and less reliable transit times. These indicators of distress in the freight transportation system result in increased supply costs for manufacturers, higher import prices, and higher inventory levels. Ultimately, these costs add up to a higher cost of doing business for firms, a higher cost of living for consumers, and a less productive and competitive economy. Such indicators need to be quantified to be useful to decision makers as well as for public education on freight issues. Establishing consistent performance metrics for the freight system will be very helpful in conducting and comparing analyses of the freight system, particularly by identifying the critical data that are needed to assess system performance."


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    • Status: Completed
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Research and Innovative Technology Administration

      Department of Transportation
      1200 New Jersey Avneue, SE
      Washington, DC  United States  20590

      California Department of Transportation

      1227 O Street
      Sacramento, CA  United States  95843
    • Project Managers:

      Thornton, Rusty

    • Performing Organizations:

      California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

      3801 West Temple Avenue
      Pomona, CA  United States  91768
    • Principal Investigators:

      Cottrell, Wayne

    • Start Date: 20070601
    • Expected Completion Date: 0
    • Actual Completion Date: 20080531
    • Source Data: RiP Project 15060

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01462789
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Leonard Transportation Center
    • Contract Numbers: 2007-SGP-1011, GT-70768
    • Files: UTC, RiP, USDOT, STATEDOT
    • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:10PM