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Freight Analysis Framework

The Freight Analysis Framework (FAF), produced through a partnership between Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), integrates data from a variety of sources to create a comprehensive picture of freight movement among states and major metropolitan areas by all modes of transportation. Starting with data from the 2012 Commodity Flow Survey (CFS) and international trade data from the Census Bureau, FAF incorporates data from agriculture, extraction, utility, construction, service, and other sectors.

The FAF version 4 (FAF4) baseline edition provides estimates for tonnage and value by regions of origin and destination, commodity type, and mode for 2012, the most recent CFS year. Data are available through the Data Extraction Tool, for download as a complete database, as well as summary files.

Throughout 2016, releases of additional FAF4 products will provide forecasts through 2045; state-to-state flows for 1997, 2002, and 2007; truck flows assigned to the highway network for 2012 and 2045; and domestic ton-miles and distance bands.

The 2015 Freight Facts and Figures is now available.

The 2016 Freight Quick Facts Report is now available.

FAF4 Data and Documentation

Archived FAF3 Data and Documentation

FAF4 Data and Documentation

FAF4 Network Data

FAF4 Summary Statistic and Products

FAF4 Documentation

Schedule of Releases

Mid-2017

  • New annual estimate methodology for estimating annual data

FAF Quarterly Webinar

Please join the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) Office of Freight Management and Operations and the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) in the third webinar of a three-part series focused on the Freight Analysis Framework (FAF).

"How to Leverage FAF4 Freight Data for Transportation Analysis: Example Cases from the Oregon and Tennessee DOTs"
Thursday, December 14, 2017
1:00-2:30 PM Eastern

To attend the webinar, please register using the below link. You will receive details on how to log into the webinar after registering.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-to-leverage-faf4-freight-data-for-transportation-analysis-example-cases-from-the-oregon-and-registration-39956769774

Overview

This webinar will feature the following speakers:

Becky Knudson, Senior Transportation Economist, Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT)
Ms. Knudson will discuss ODOT's use of FAF data to support transportation investment decision-making in Oregon, including how ODOT has used FAF4 data for bottlenecks, commodity flows, and freight flow forecasting analyses.

Casey Langford, Policy Office Supervisor-Long Range Planning Division, Tennessee DOT (TnDOT)
Kevin Teagarden, Policy Planning Specialist-Long Range Planning Division, TnDOT
Sabyasachee Mishra, Assistant Professor-Department of Civil Engineering, University of Memphis
Mihalis Golias, Associate Professor-Department of Civil Engineering, University of Memphis
Dr. Langford, Mr. Teagarden, Dr. Mishra and Dr. Golias will discuss a joint effort by TnDOT and the University of Memphis to develop a resource allocation model using FAF4 and other datasets. By applying this model, TnDOT identified low-cost, high-impact transportation projects as well as when, where, and which projects should be implemented. The speakers will also discuss how FAF4 data and the resource allocation model support TnDOT's overall transportation planning and policy decision-making activities.

Contact Information

Please contact FAF@dot.gov with any questions.

Additional Notes

This webinar is aimed at practitioners with basic or no knowledge of the FAF but who would like to move to the next experience level. This webinar will also provide a useful foundation for future FAF webinars. Please feel free to forward this invitation to interested colleagues. We hope you will be able to participate!

Archived Webinars

Archived FAF Listening Sessions – FHWA offered two listening sessions in December 2013 and January 2014 to obtain feedback on the next generation of the FAF. Recordings of these sessions are available from the links below:

Archived FAF3 Data and Documentation

  • Regional Database of tonnage, value, and domestic ton-miles by FAF region of origin and destination, commodity type, and mode for 2007 through 2040
    • FAF3 Regional Database for 2007 with forecasts through 2040, and 2013 Provisional Data in zipped Microsoft Access format [faf3_6_access03.zip 289MB]
    • FAF3 Regional Data base for 2007 with forecasts through 2040 in zipped CSV format [faf3_5.zip 144MB]
    • FAF3 Provisional Annual Data for 2013 in zipped CSV format [faf3_6_prov2013.zip 33MB]
  • State Database of tonnage, value, and domestic ton-miles by state of origin and destination, commodity type, and mode for 1997 through 2040. Note: 1997 and 2002 have been reprocessed using FAF3 methodology with original source data.
    • FAF3 State Database for 2007 with forecasts through 2040, 2013 Provisional Data, and Reprocessed State Annual Data for 1997 and 2002 in zipped Microsoft Access format [faf3_6_access03state.zip 130MB]
    • FAF3 State Database for 2007 with forecasts through 2040 in zipped CSV format [faf3_5_state.zip 179MB]
    • FAF3 State Provisional Annual Data for 2013 in zipped CSV format [faf3_6_prov2013state.zip 13MB]
    • FAF3 Reprocessed State Annual Data for 1997 in zipped CSV format [faf3_3_1997_state.zip 10MB]
    • FAF3 Reprocessed State Annual Data for 2002 in zipped CSV format [faf3_3_2002_state.zip 7MB]

FAF3 Summary Statistics and Products

FAF3 Network Data

FAF3 Documentation

Related Information

Staff Contact

For questions regarding FAF contact us at FAF@dot.gov.

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