Locating TransLoad Facilities to Ease Highway Congestion and Safeguard the Environment

Increasing transportation costs are a concern for both suppliers and consumers. These costs have spurred major innovation in both logistics and planning in the transportation sector. In addition to the economic concerns, there is a demand for building a clean and efficient 21st century transportation network. As the cost of fuel and the concerns of environmental degradation continue to increase, shifting freight movements to more efficient modes is critical. For example, while trucks often have the greatest accessibility of transporting freight, barge and trains are frequently more cost effective for long haul shipments and are attributed with less emissions and infrastructure damage. The Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC) has determined that intelligent siting of transload facilities to shift freight from truck to barge and train would better leverage the multi-modal transportation network of the State of Arkansas by tapping into the latent demand for short line rail, regional rail, and marine port terminals. However, the optimal locations, types, costs, and impacts of potential transload facilities in Arkansas have yet to be established. Robust evaluation of the freight shipment characteristics of Arkansas is necessary to assess and predict transload facility potential.


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    • Status: Completed
    • Funding: $252675
    • Contract Numbers:


    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Federal Highway Administration

      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Project Managers:

      Lester, Justin

    • Performing Organizations:

      University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

      Board of Trustees
      Fayetteville, AR  United States 
    • Principal Investigators:

      Braham, Andrew

      Hernandez, Sarah

      Kent, John

    • Start Date: 20160103
    • Expected Completion Date: 20170702
    • Actual Completion Date: 0

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01590935
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Arkansas Department of Transportation
    • Contract Numbers: TRC1608
    • Files: RiP, STATEDOT
    • Created Date: Feb 24 2016 4:58PM