The Impact of Fracking on Freight Distribution Patterns

The increasing production of domestic energy through the use of fracking will likely alter local/regional/national economies and corresponding freight distribution patterns (highway, rail, marine, pipeline) in the United States (U.S.) The proposed project will assess the impact of fracking on freight transportation demand and corresponding distribution patterns, for the purpose of identifying where the system is or will become overly stressed (in addition to identifying where excess capacity has been created due to shifts in freight transportation patterns). This will be achieved by deploying a methodology in which multiple future scenarios are defined in terms of fracking activity and energy consumption, each scenario is analyzed according to the resulting freight distribution across modal networks using a routing tool developed under a prior National Center for Freight & Infrastructure Research and Education (CFIRE) initiative, and the results evaluated according to specific performance measures.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Department of Transportation

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology
    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Performing Organizations:

    Vanderbilt University

    400 24th Avenue, South
    Nashville, TN  United States  37235
  • Principal Investigators:

    Abkowitz, Mark

  • Start Date: 20140801
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20161130
  • Source Data: RiP Project 38287

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01547319
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education (CFIRE)
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT12-G-UTC19
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Dec 6 2014 1:00AM