Assessment of Freight System Efficiency Measure: GDP/GHG

Project description: This report presents an assessment of the Freight System Efficiency metric (FSE) which is being used to measure progress towards the California Sustainable Freight Action Plan (CSFAP) 2030 target of a 25% increase in freight system efficiency. The research team describes the data and methods used to generate FSE, and consider the extent to which the components of FSE are comparable. The team then discusses the potential biases of the metric, and how these biases may affect measurement of progress toward the 2030 target. The team finds that the components are not fully comparable and are subject to biases that can affect measurement over time. The team suggests that consideration be given to an alternative metric. At a minimum, computation of the current metric should be modified to reduce biases.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $75000
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    California Department of Transportation

    1227 O Street
    Sacramento, CA  United States  95843
  • Managing Organizations:

    METRANS Transportation Center

    University of Southern California
    Los Angeles, CA  United States  90089-0626
  • Project Managers:

    Brinkerhoff, Cort

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Southern California, Los Angeles

    University Park Campus
    Los Angeles, CA  United States  90089
  • Principal Investigators:

    Giuliano, Genevieve

  • Start Date: 20170123
  • Expected Completion Date: 20170930
  • Actual Completion Date: 20170930
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01689681
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Center for Metropolitan Transportation Research
  • Contract Numbers: 65A0533-017
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Dec 20 2018 5:16PM