Metropolitan Freight Transportation: Implementing Effective Strategies

When addressing complex metropolitan transportation issues (e.g., safety, capacity, economic development), freight professionals from state DOTs, regional authorities, and cities not only deal with scarce resources, but they also often need to work with a very diverse community of stakeholders (e.g., shippers, carriers, receivers, public policymakers, residents, academics, planners, and engineers at various levels of government) to identify and obtain support for workable innovative freight strategies. Although information about innovations and best practices in metropolitan freight is now widely available, research has not addressed the question of why some of these succeed and others do not. Armed with a better understanding of this question, freight professionals could much better tailor innovations to the specific circumstances they find in their local areas. Such tailoring would not only increase the chance that effective or new approaches and technologies applied to metropolitan freight issues would be implemented, but would also result in significantly greater potential benefits (e.g., improved reliability, travel time, safety, or lower costs). The objective of this research is to develop guidance for transportation practitioners that identifies and evaluates, by stakeholder community (1) critical factors impacting the implementation of effective approaches to improve metropolitan freight transportation; (2) barriers to the implementation of effective approaches; and (3) strategies, processes, and relationships that could accelerate the adoption of effective practices and technologies in metropolitan freight transportation. Published as NCHRP Report 897.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $375000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 08-106

  • 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:

    Rogers, William

  • Performing Organizations:

    Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI)

    400 Harvey Mitchell Parkway South
    Suite 300
    College Station, TX  United States  77845-4375
  • Principal Investigators:

    Eisele, Bill

  • Start Date: 20160525
  • Expected Completion Date: 20180525
  • Actual Completion Date: 20180525
  • Source Data: RiP Project 40198

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01572352
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 08-106
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Aug 6 2015 1:00AM