Developing a Robust Survey Methodology for Collecting Information on the Port Truck Drayage Industry

Efficient freight transportation is critical to the regional economic competitiveness and environmental health of the Pacific Northwest. Increasing pressure on the roadway infrastructure and concern about air quality and greenhouse gas emissions, heighten the state's interest in supporting solutions that might move cargo off roads. Unfortunately, existing tools used to compare investments --- especially across modes (e.g., in rail and road infrastructure) --- are not sufficient to truly measure their economic and environmental impact or accurately evaluate tradeoffs between modes. This leaves transportation agencies with little foundation to support decision-making, and limits the state's ability to identify innovative solutions that benefit the state, such as public-private partnerships that might increase the attractiveness of rail or barge transport. This project will address state department of transportation (DOT) needs for comparable multimodal, multi-objective analysis by: 1) carefully evaluating the most commonly used approaches by state DOTs, as well as approaches suggested by academic studies; 2) identifying the specific challenges to multimodal comparisons, and the areas where comparisons can be made; 3) performing a gap analysis.


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  • Status: Completed
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    University Transportation Centers Program
    1200 New Jersey Avenue
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Goodchild, Anne

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Washington, Seattle

    Civil and Environmental Engineering Department
    201 More Hall, Box 352700
    Seattle, WA  United States  98195-2700
  • Principal Investigators:

    Goodchild, Anne

  • Start Date: 20120701
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20140731
  • Source Data: RiP Project 32299

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01538110
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Pacific Northwest Transportation Consortium
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT12-G-UTC10, 17-624908
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Sep 25 2014 1:01AM