Impacts of Public Policy on the Freight Transportation System

Public policies that affect transportation often focus on the movement of people with less attention to the movement of goods. When freight is considered, the focus is often on one mode, rather than on all components of the freight system. The freight system is largely a private-sector enterprise, but public policy decisions have major impacts on its development and operations. Policy decisions potentially impacting the freight system can be categorized in such areas as: energy, environment, finance and investment, incentives, institutional and programmatic structure, markets and market change, modal choice, public health, real estate and land use, regulation, safety, security, social issues, subsidies and user fees, tax structure, and trade and national competitiveness. These decisions often have intended and unintended consequences for one or more sectors of the freight transportation system. Policymakers would benefit from research that identifies the impacts that public policies can have on the freight transportation system. The objective of this research is to identify intended and unintended impacts (either direct or indirect) of a broad array of public policies on the freight system. The intent is to promote a better understanding of these complex relationships and foster appreciation for how public policies affect the freight transportation system.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Contract Numbers:

    NCFRP 02

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    Department of Transportation
    1200 New Jersey Avneue, 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

  • Performing Organizations:

    ICF Incorporated LLC

    9300 Lee Highway
    Fairfax, VA  United States  22031
  • Principal Investigators:

    Ang-Olson, Jeffrey

  • Start Date: 20080122
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20100131
  • Source Data: RiP Project 13662

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01462825
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Cooperative Freight Research Program
  • Contract Numbers: NCFRP 02
  • Files: RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:11PM