Warehousing and Distribution Center Facilities in Southern California: The Use of the Commodity Flow Survey Microdata to Identify Logistics Sprawl and Freight Generation Patterns

This proposal addresses an important research topic of freight modeling by analyzing the freight patterns, in terms of freight generation and logistics sprawl, of warehouses and distribution centers in Southern California. Using Commodity Flow Survey (CFS) Microdata and other Census products, the research team will estimate econometric and spatial disaggregate models to characterize the amount of freight generated as a function of economic variables of the establishments. Moreover, temporal and spatial relationships will be identified by taking advantage of the data that spans for over 20 years. The snapshots provided by the data will allow estimating changes in location and concentration of facilities by analyzing changes in shipment distances to the consumer and market areas of the establishments surveyed. In depth interviews with different stakeholders will allow identifying additional factors to be considered during the modeling effort. The results are expected to have great planning and policy implications and be of interest to practitioners, public and private entities and the academia. Caltrans, Metropolitan Planning Organizations and the affiliated institutions of the National Center for Sustainable Transportation will directly benefits from the results as they will allow for the development of policies and sustainable strategies for the freight transportation system.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $90986
  • Contract Numbers:


    65A0527 TO 022

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    California Department of Transportation

    1227 O Street
    Sacramento, CA  United States  95843

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    National Center for Sustainable Transportation

    University of California, Davis
    Davis, CA  United States 
  • Project Managers:

    Tyner, Patrick

  • Performing Organizations:

    National Center for Sustainable Transportation

    University of California, Davis
    Davis, CA  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Jaller, Miguel

  • Start Date: 20150901
  • Expected Completion Date: 20170331
  • Actual Completion Date: 20170719
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01578179
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Center for Sustainable Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT13-G-UTC29, 65A0527 TO 022
  • Created Date: Oct 13 2015 2:58PM