Methodologies to Estimate the Economic Impacts of Disruptions to the Goods Movement System

The goods movement system in the United States has suffered from many large-scale disruptions in the last 10 years. Examples include disruptions resulting from the terrorist events of September 11, 2001; the lockout of dock labor unions in the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach in 2002; infrastructure failures after Hurricane Katrina in 2005; the Baltimore rail tunnel fire in 2001; and the Midwest floods in 2008. Over the last decade, new supply chain management techniques have created demands for highly efficient delivery systems. When disruptions to the system occur, especially to critical components, they can cause significant economic damage locally, regionally, and nationally. Unfortunately, the complex interrelationship between the goods movement system and economic activity is not well understood. As such, research is needed to understand the impacts of bottlenecks and interruptions to the flow of goods through the nation's major freight corridors and intermodal connectors, the dynamics of that flow in response to disruptions, and the full economic impact on public and private entities -- beyond just the critical infrastructure and the carriers -- that depend on that flow. Such research will help to increase public understanding of the sensitivity of economic productivity to infrastructure availability, lay the groundwork for improving the resiliency of the freight transportation system, and improve the nation's ability to rapidly reconfigure the goods movement system to minimize disruptions. The objective of this research is to develop and apply one or more conceptual methodologies for identifying and estimating economic impacts, both short and long term, due to disruptions to the goods movement system.


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  • Status: Active
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-59(34)

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  USA  20590

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW
    Washington, DC  USA  20001

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

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

    Rogers, William

  • Performing Organizations:

    Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta

    810 Atlantic
    Atlanta, GA  USA  30332
  • Principal Investigators:

    Meyer, Michael

  • Start Date: 20100422
  • Actual Completion Date: 20110822
  • Source Data: RiP Project 23434

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01464112
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Cooperative Highway Research Program
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-59(34)
  • Files: TRB, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:36PM