NCFRP Report 7: Identifying and Using Low-Cost and Quickly Implementable Ways to Address Freight-System Mobility Constraints
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NCFRP Report 7:
Identifying and Using Low-Cost and Quickly Implementable Ways to Address Freight-System Mobility Constraints
(2010)
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TRB's National Cooperative Freight Research Program (NCFRP) Report 7: Identifying and Using Low-Cost and Quickly Implementable Ways to Address Freight-System Mobility Constraints explores standardized descriptions of the dimensions of the freight transportation system, identifies freight mobility constraints in a multimodal context, highlights criteria for low-cost and quickly implementable improvements to address the constraints, and includes a software tool to help decision makers in evaluating constraints and selecting appropriate improvements.

The software tool is available for download in a .zip format. A user guide for the software is also available for download.

Topics

  • Transportation — Highways
  • Transportation — Marine Transportation
  • Transportation — Motor Carriers
  • Transportation — Construction
  • Transportation — Design
  • Transportation — Operations and Traffic Management
  • Transportation — Planning and Forecasting
  • Transportation — Railroads
  • Transportation — Economics
  • Transportation — Freight Transportation
  • Transportation — Terminals and Facilities

Publication Info

137 pages | 8.5 x 11
Contents

Table of Contents

skim chapter
Front Matter i-x
Summary 1-4
1.1 Problem Statement 5-5
1.3.2 Data Collection 6-7
1.3.3 Data Analysis 8-8
2.2.2 Definition of Low-Cost Highway Improvements 9-9
2.2.4 Low-Cost Operational/Technology Improvements 10-10
2.2.5 Examples of Low-Cost Operational Improvements 11-11
2.2.6 Low-Cost Regulatory/Public Policy Improvements 12-12
2.3.1 Freight Capacity 13-13
2.3.3 Low-Cost Improvements 14-14
2.4.3 Performance Indicators 15-15
2.4.6 Examples of Low-Cost Improvements 16-17
3.3 System Performance 18-20
3.4 Highways 21-24
3.5 Railroads 25-28
3.6 Intermodal 29-29
3.7 Deepwater Ports 30-34
3.8.3 Inland Rivers and Waterways 35-35
3.8.4 Locks and Dams 36-39
4.1 Defining and Characterizing Freight Mobility Constraints 40-40
4.2.1 Highways 41-41
4.2.2 Railroads 42-42
4.2.3 Deepwater Ports and Inland Waterways 43-43
4.2.4 Labor Unions 44-44
4.2.5 Summary 45-46
4.3.1 Highways 47-48
4.3.4 Summary 49-52
5.1.1 Highways 53-53
5.1.3 Deepwater Ports and Inland Waterways 54-54
5.2 Criteria for Low-Cost Improvements 55-55
5.4.1 Highways Improvement Strategies 56-60
5.4.2 Railroads Improvement Strategies 61-61
5.4.3 Deepwater and Inland Waterways Improvement Strategies 62-63
5.5 Summary of Improvements 64-67
6.2.1 Characterization of Constraint 68-68
6.2.2 Selection of Improvements 69-70
6.2.3 Evaluation of Improvement Options 71-71
6.5 Integration into Planning Process 72-72
6.5.1 Transportation Planning Process 73-73
6.5.2 Project Development Process 74-74
6.6 Evaluation of Beta Version of Tool 75-75
7.2 Approach to Developing Catalog of Strategies 76-76
7.2.1 Highways 77-77
7.2.2 Railroads 78-81
7.2.3 Deepwater Ports and Inland Waterways 82-86
8.1 Conclusions 87-87
8.2 Recommendations for Further Research 88-89
References 90-92
Acronyms 93-94
Appendix A - Methodology User Guide 95-99
Appendix B - Annotated Bibliography 100-109
Appendix C - Interview Guide 110-113
Appendix D - Internet Survey Instrument 114-125
Appendix E - Low-Cost Improvement Analysis Tool (LCIAT) Evaluation Form 126-126
Abbreviations used without definitions in TRB publications 127-127

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