The 2055 Freight Transportation System and the Impact of Near Term Rail Movements on TxDOT Planning

Efficient, reliable, and safe freight transportation is critical to the economic prosperity of any region. An efficient multimodal and intermodal transportation system reduces transportation and supply chain transaction costs and increases connectivity, mobility, reliability, and accessibility to local and global markets. An efficient freight transportation system, therefore, supports economic development, expansion of international trade, increased employment, growth in personal income, and growth of the gross domestic product of a region-ultimately improving the quality of life of its citizens. This research project develops parameters for a successful Texas Freight Transportation System four decades into the future and emphasizes the role of Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) in identifying and planning for changes in Texas' rail imports and exports and traffic volumes over the short term. At the conclusion of this project, the research team will produce a framework for Texas's freight transportation system in 2055 and a set of recommended planning steps that will be beneficial to the TxDOT's International Relations Office, Transportation Planning and Programming Division, Rail Division, and border and coastal districts in addressing the growing impacts of imports and exports by rail in the state.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Texas Department of Transportation

    125 E. 11th Street
    Austin, TX  United States  78701-2483
  • Project Managers:

    Pete, Kevin

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Texas, Austin

    Center for Transportation Research
    Austin, TX  United States 

    Texas A&M Transportation Institute, College Station

    Texas A&M University System
    3135 TAMU
    College Station, TX  United States  77843-3135
  • Principal Investigators:

    Prozzi, Jolanda

  • Start Date: 20140701
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20150831
  • Source Data: RiP Project 39897

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01567086
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Texas Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 0-6809
  • Files: RiP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Jun 24 2015 1:01AM