Improving Freight System Performance in Metropolitan Areas

Many of the challenges affecting the freight system, from congestion to development conflicts to community acceptance, arise in metropolitan areas. They are often hubs in the supply chain and intermodal operations. Yet, the conditions in metropolitan areas present higher costs and elevated risks to the provision of service. The lack of knowledge and experience with freight in metropolitan planning agencies has often precluded an effective response to the challenges, despite the direct economic importance of freight systems to the metropolitan areas and their sensitive positions in global supply chains. These challenges require practical solutions, some of which need to be newly developed, and all of which must be effective for the community and governing organizations, and benefit the freight system. The objective of the research is to develop a regional public planning guide that identifies potential strategies and practical solutions for public and private stakeholders to improve freight movement system performance in diverse metropolitan areas.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 38

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    University Transportation Centers Program
    1200 New Jersey Avenue
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    National Cooperative Freight Research Program

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

    Rogers, William

  • Performing Organizations:

    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

    Department of Civil Engineering
    Troy, NY  United States  12180-3590
  • Principal Investigators:

    Holguin-Veras, Jose

  • Start Date: 20120223
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20140930
  • Source Data: RiP Project 37920

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01565952
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 38
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Jun 6 2015 1:00AM