Synthesis of Information Related to Highway Practices. Topic 53-17. Integrating Freight into Policies, Planning, and Project Development for Active Transportation

Historically, freight elements have not been incorporated into active transportation policies, planning, design, implementation, and construction. Freight elements in roadway designs are an increasingly important consideration due to the growth in e-commerce deliveries and conflicts between freight vehicles and active transportation users. Whether a bicyclist, pedestrian, or freight delivery person, each desires additional bicycle lanes, sidewalks, or ready access to curbs, respectively. State departments of transportation (DOTs) have to balance freight elements such as pull-outs for truck parking, temporary halting space for delivery trucks, truck lanes, or other considerations to facilitate freight movement. The objective of this synthesis is to document state DOT practices, tools, and approaches related to the integration of freight into active transportation policy and planning. Information to be gathered includes (but is not limited to): (1) Policies or plan guidelines on freight elements; (2) Policies or plan guidelines on active transportation; and (3) Approaches taken to balance freight elements in roadway designs where active transportation is planned or designed. Information will be gathered through a literature review, a survey of state DOTs, and follow-up interviews with selected agencies for the development of case examples. Information gaps and suggestions for research to address those gaps will be identified.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $45000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-05, Topic 53-17

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Synthesis

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    Federal Highway Administration

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

    Wadsworth, Trey

  • Start Date: 20210524
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01771592
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-05, Topic 53-17
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: May 17 2021 3:14PM