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A strategic roadmap for making better freight investments

Freight Demand Modeling and Data Improvement (C20)

Challenge

Understanding and forecasting freight flows is critical to planning for future transportation capacity, operation, preservation, safety and security, energy and economy investment needs. However, many current freight demand forecasting models and data sources are more appropriate for passenger transportation than for forecasting freight movements and understanding freight travel behavior.

Freight data and modeling tools used in planning could also benefit from a single clearinghouse for freight information. Much of the most important data are generated by private sources that are difficult to replicate in the public domain.

Solution

The Freight Demand Modeling and Data Improvement (C20) product offers a road map that will lead to improved freight data sets and freight modeling practices. The project includes the Freight Demand Modeling and Data Improvement Strategic Plan, which outlines an organizational approach that will help identify freight modeling and data priority needs, spur innovative ideas, and result in breakthrough solutions for wide application.

This product encompasses an analysis of the current state of the practice, freight decision making needs, and the gaps between current freight forecasting models and real-world needs. The project also produced a strategic plan to guide future advances in freight modeling and data. The plan identifies seven strategic objectives to serve as the basis for future innovation in freight demand modeling and data and to guide both near-term and long-term implementation. Finally, C20 recognizes thirteen Research Initiatives (RI) that represent near-term opportunities to advance the seven strategic objectives. A Global Freight Research Consortium is planned to serve as an ongoing international forum of key stakeholders to expand the dialogue on freight analysis and data innovation.

Benefits

Freight planners and decision makers will benefit from the tools and data to consistently evaluate transportation projects that affect freight movement. Creating better data and models will enable state, regional, and local planners to better predict freight movement trends, and make more informed project investment decisions.

In the Field

State Project Description Activity Contact
Wisconsin Implementation Assistance Program - DOT: Project description coming soon. Behavior Based Freight Modeling - Proof of Concept Pilot Ed Strocko (FHWA) ed.strocko@dot.gov
Arizona Implementation Assistance Program - Maricopa Association of Governments: Project description coming soon. Behavior Based Freight Modeling - Proof of Concept Pilot Ed Strocko (FHWA) ed.strocko@dot.gov
Maryland Implementation Assistance Program - DOT: Project description coming soon. Behavior Based Freight Modeling - Proof of Concept Pilot Ed Strocko (FHWA) ed.strocko@dot.gov
Oregon Implementation Assistance Program - Portland Metro MPO: Project description coming soon. Behavior Based Freight Modeling - Proof of Concept Pilot Ed Strocko (FHWA) ed.strocko@dot.gov
New York Implementation Assistance Program - Capital District Transportation Committee: Project description coming soon. Innovations in Local Freight Data - Proof of Concept Pilot Ed Strocko (FHWA) ed.strocko@dot.gov
Florida Implementation Assistance Program - DOT: Project description coming soon. Innovations in Local Freight Data - Proof of Concept Pilot Ed Strocko (FHWA) ed.strocko@dot.gov
Pennsylvania Implementation Assistance Program - Delaware Valley Regional Planning Committee: Project description coming soon. Innovations in Local Freight Data - Proof of Concept Pilot Ed Strocko (FHWA) ed.strocko@dot.gov
Washington Implementation Assistance Program - DOT: Project description coming soon. Innovations in Local Freight Data - Proof of Concept Pilot Ed Strocko (FHWA) ed.strocko@dot.gov
North Carolina Implementation Assistance Program - Winston Salem MPO: Project description coming soon. Innovations in Local Freight Data - Proof of Concept Pilot Ed Strocko (FHWA) ed.strocko@dot.gov
Missouri Implementation Assistance Program - Mid America Regional Council: Project description coming soon. Innovations in Local Freight Data - Proof of Concept Pilot Ed Strocko (FHWA) ed.strocko@dot.gov
South Dakota Implementation Assistance Program - DOT: Project description coming soon. Innovations in Local Freight Data - Proof of Concept Pilot Ed Strocko (FHWA) ed.strocko@dot.gov
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