Freight Planning

Helping states and regions enhance their competitiveness in global and domestic markets.


  • September 2015

    For the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Cambridge Systematics conducted an evaluation of the Chicago Area Waterway System’s (CAWS) physical infrastructure, assessed its use for goods movement, and provided background on historical investments in inland waterways.

  • November 2013

    The practice of freight transportation planning has evolved significantly over the last decade, catalyzed by the enhanced freight planning requirements embodied in Safe Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) and a growing national concern about insufficient freight capacity.

  • November 2013

    The nation’s freight shippers, receivers, and carriers depend on transportation agencies to provide new highway capacity to meet the demands of growing domestic commerce and international trade.

  • October 2013

    I have made two trips to Mexico this year, visiting Tijuana, Guadalajara, San Luis Potosi, Irapuato, Leon, Mexico City, and Monterrey.

  • August 2013

    Located in the central part of California, the San Joaquin Valley (SJV) region is composed of 8 counties (Kern, Kings, Tulare, Fresno, Madera, Merced, Stanislaus, and San Joaquin) and 62 cities, of which Fresno, Bakersfield, Modesto, and Stockton have populations in excess of 200,000.

  • June 2013

    The AASHTO Waterborne Freight Transportation Bottom Line Report presents a comprehensive overview of the United States marine transportation system.

  • April 2013

    The Houston-Galveston area's freight transportation systems, seaports, airports, intermodal facilities, and the waterways, highways, and rail corridors that connect them, are key elements of the

Case Studies


    Evaluate the capacity of the nation’s freight-rail transportation system to keep pace with the economic growth projected for 2020.

  • Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

    Prioritize research activities so that limited funds are applied to the most promising research topics in order to improve commercial motor vehicle safety.

  • FHWA Office of Freight Operations and Management

    Describe and forecast national freight flows, and develop a national freight productivity program to improve freight movement and reduce congestion.

  • Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles

    Implement an integrated suite of information systems to automate the application and processing of motor carrier credentials and enhance the State’s electronic screening and roadside enforcement activities.

  • Georgia Department of Transportation

    Develop a comprehensive freight and logistics statewide plan for the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) to help improve and grow the State’s freight and logistics related industries, and ultimately increase future economic benefits for the State of Georgia.

  • U.S. DOT Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) – Demonstration Project in Los Angeles and Gateway Cities

    Test the FRATIS in the Los Angeles/Gateway Cities region in Southern California for up to a year to determine its effectiveness in: improving intermodal truck utilization; improving and automating the process in which containers are transferred between marine terminals and drayage companies; and from both of these objectives, achieve improvements in regional freight mobility and air quality.