freight systems and intermodal planning

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.

April 2013

State departments of transportation (DOT) need relevant and reliable information to support effective decision-making.

June 2013

NCFRP Report 25: Freight Data Sharing Guidebook provides a series of guidelines for sharing freight data, primarily between public and private freight stakeholders.

June 2013

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

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.


What does MAP-21 Require for Freight Planning and How Can I Develop a
MAP-21-Compliant Freight Plan?


Freight data at the state and regional level always surfaces as one of the biggest obstacles to good freight planning. What are some innovative things you are hearing about that are addressing this issue?


Can models be developed that consider logistic paths used by freight?

An innovative mesoscale prototype model that is capable of considering the logistics paths used by freight has recently been developed for the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP).


The Federal government is engaged in several research projects to identify and develop the next generation of intelligent transportation systems (ITS) mobility applications. How do freight operations fit into the government’s research agenda?