Deploying Clean Truck Freight Strategies

Freight volumes are expected to increase in the future, while at the same time, air quality regulations are becoming more stringent. Truck freight movements generate a significant amount of transportation greenhouse gas and particulate emissions. States and metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) will need to look more closely at reducing truck freight emissions through emissions and fuel-reduction technologies, operational changes, and infrastructure investments, in order to meet new air quality standards. In addition, large freight -generating facilities such as medical centers, universities, airports, and convention centers need to understand how they can conduct their activities in ways that can mitigate the negative impacts of truck freight on air quality. While emissions-reduction technologies for heavy-duty diesel trucks are available, adoption rates have been slow and emerging technologies have not been adequately tested. Research is needed to understand (1) the emissions- and fuel-reduction technologies available, (2) the challenges to wider adoption of those technologies, (3) where these technologies best fit diverse geography and efficient supply-chain needs, and (4) the potential emissions reductions. In addition, operational changes and infrastructure investments, whether combined with technologies or on their own, could make significant impacts on truck freight emissions and fuel usage. With this understanding, research is then needed to encourage the best use of the technological, operational, and infrastructure investment alternatives that mitigate truck freight impacts on criteria air pollutants, fuel efficiency, and greenhouse gas emissions. The objective of this research is to develop a guide that assists in the potential deployment of fuel-efficient and low-emission truck freight strategies. The guide shall include an analytical tool that provides decisionmakers with a means to identify and evaluate appropriate strategies, alone or in combination. The strategies shall include various cost-effective technologies, operational changes, and infrastructure investments that can be deployed at the state, regional, and local levels. Published as NCHRP Report 862.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 25-46

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials

    444 North Capitol Street, NW, Suite 225
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

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

    Rogers, William

  • Performing Organizations:

    ICF International

  • Principal Investigators:

    Browning, Lou

  • Start Date: 20140610
  • Expected Completion Date: 20170515
  • Actual Completion Date: 20170515
  • Source Data: RiP Project 37692

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01543626
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 25-46
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Nov 19 2014 1:03AM