Economic Competitiveness, Definitions, and Metrics

This Task Order continues earlier work aimed at establishing performance measures for monitoring the economic competitiveness of the freight sector as part of the implementation of the California Sustainable Freight Action Plan (CSFAP). The purpose of this task order is to define competitiveness in California’s freight sector, and work with industry, public and state and local government stakeholders to establish performance measures and targets relative to the implementation of the CSFAP. The task order is in support of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), which is taking the lead role in establishing these new definitions and metrics in relation to the state’s greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goals and development of a sustainable freight system for California. The main objective of this research is to build on previous work with public agencies and industry groups to establish a set of measures that would accurately depict the competitive state of California’s freight economy, and arrive at targets that could be used to evaluate competitiveness over time. In collaboration with the Economic Competitiveness Working Group, the research team defined competitiveness and the freight sector, evaluated data sources for potential metrics, and generated test metrics and comparable groups. The next step in this process is to generate the entire set of baseline metrics and establish a method for annual monitoring. This will be done in a later stage of the project.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $63414
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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: 20171115
  • Expected Completion Date: 20180614
  • Actual Completion Date: 20180614
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01689682
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Center for Metropolitan Transportation Research
  • Contract Numbers: 65A0533
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Dec 20 2018 5:24PM