Freight Demand Modeling and Data Improvement: A Strategic Roadmap for Making Better Freight Investments
SHRP2 C20 Implementation Assistance Pilots for Freight Demand Modeling and Local Freight Data Improvement
Efficient freight transportation is essential to national, State, and local economic well-being. Understanding and forecasting freight flows is critical to planning for future transportation capacity, operation, preservation, safety and economy investment needs. The Freight Demand Modeling and Data Improvement program, funded by the second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2), provides tools for incorporating freight movement considerations in the transportation planning process. SHRP2 is a national partnership of three key transportation organizations: the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), and the Transportation Research Board (TRB).
The Freight Demand Modeling and Data Improvement program includes an analysis of the current state of the practice, freight decisionmaking and forecasting needs. The project provides innovative ideas and tools for developing improved freight data sets and freight modeling practices. 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.
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This report provides information about freight data and modeling tools through examples and pilot projects for State Departments of Transportation (DOTs) and Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) to improve freight-related decisionmaking. It gives an overview of the projects funded by the SHRP2 Implementation Assistance Program (IAP), and the applicability to potential issues faced by freight planners.
This report is designed to provide an overview of the data and tools available. It is organized around the two subject areas of data and modeling tools; providing an overview of the options, benefits, and challenges of the respective data and modeling tools identified.
Additional information on each of the freight data and modeling projects funded by the SHRP2 IAP is provided to the right.
The FHWA and AASHTO conducted a series of Freight Data Collaboration and Standardization Regional Forums in 2016 and 2017, bringing together state DOTs and MPOs to identify areas of collaboration on regional or local freight data collection, standardization, and maintenance. The overall goal is to collaborate on improving freight data programs to support local, regional, and State freight transportation programs. The results of this work are currently under development.
This report and guide evaluates recent advancements in behavioral based models and supports the broader application of these methods to forecast future freight flows. Public agencies interested in developing behavioral/agent-based freight models can use this synthesis to assess the feasibility and practicality of developing similar models for their own regions based on the experiences of other agencies.
This report documents the current state of the practice on how land use, local economic development and demographic factors influence freight movement, trip generation, and freight demand analysis. This information provides practitioners with improved freight demand analysis tools that better reflect the relationship between freight movement and land use.
The results give a better understanding of the factors influencing freight-generating industrial and commercial development.
Freight Model Improvement Program / Travel Model Improvement Program
The Freight Model Improvement Program (FMIP)/Travel Model Improvement Program (TMIP) has been created to advance the state of the practice of travel modeling by advancing research and building the technical capabilities of agencies staff. The is a collaborative effort of the transportation research community, consultants, public agencies and their private sector partners to improve the state-of-the-art and the state-of-the-practice in data, models, network and freight logistical analyses, and their application to transportation policy, planning, and decisionmaking in federal, State, regional, and local governments.
The Freight FMIP/TMIP Forum fosters new approaches to designing and implementing freight analytics.
For more information about FMIP/TMIP, please go to the FMIP/TMIP Web site https://tmip.org/.
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