Research for the AASHTO Standing Committee on Planning. Task 65. Best Practices for Incorporating Commodity Flow Survey and Related Data into the MPO and Statewide Planning Processes

Freight movement and the implications of future growth in freight due to global trends in trade is a significant transportation issue to local, regional, and state transportation planning agencies. The Commodity Flow Survey (CFS) conducted by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau is the primary public data source on commodity movements in the U.S. To date, the CFS has been conducted five times, in 1993, 1997, and 2002. However, each time the CFS has been conducted the sample size has been reduced by half; from 200,000 shipments in 1993, to 100,000 in 1997, to 50,000 in 2002. Based on prior research paper submissions to the TRB, there appears to exist a wide body of researchers and practitioners that have experience using CFS data in a variety of formats. The principal goal of this project would be to catalogue previous studies and research efforts that have used CFS data, and document how the CFS was enhanced to meet those users needs, and develop a "how to guide" for future users of the CFS. This CFS "users guide" would also discuss the best practices for CFS data enhancements for various categories of planning projects.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $75000.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 08-36, Task

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

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

    American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    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:

    Sundstrom, Lori

  • Performing Organizations:

    AECOM Consulting Transportation Group

    2751 Prosperity Avenue
    Suite 300
    Fairfax, VA  United States  22031
  • Start Date: 20060714
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20091231
  • Source Data: RiP Project 15707

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01557219
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Cooperative Highway Research Program
  • Contract Numbers: Project 08-36, Task
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Mar 19 2015 1:01AM