Office of Operations Freight Management and Operations

Freight and Air Quality Handbook



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4. Title and Subtitle

Freight and Air Quality Handbook

5. Report Date

May 2010

6. Performing Organization Code

7. Author(s)

Robert Hyman, Roger Schiller, James Brogan

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9. Performing Organization Name and Address

Cambridge Systematics, Inc.
4800 Hampden Lane, Suite 800
Bethesda, MD 20814

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11. Contract or Grant No.

DTFH61-06-D-00004 CA04-034

12. Sponsoring Agency Name and Address

Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
Office of Freight Management and Operations
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20590

13. Type of Report and Period Covered

Final Report
July 2008 – May 2010

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15. Supplementary Notes

FHWA COTR: Ed Strocko, Office of Freight Management and Operations

16. Abstract

This handbook was developed as a resource for states, metropolitan planning organizations (MPO), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and other public- and private-sector organizations to use in developing solutions to freight related air quality issues and emissions challenges. This handbook provides the background needed to understand how freight contributes to air quality issues, describes strategies to mitigate those freight-related pollutant emissions and improve air quality, and identifies funding and financing tools available for freight-related air quality projects.


17. Key Words

Freight, Emissions, Emissions Reduction Strategies, Environment, Financing Air Quality, Mobile Source, Natural Gas, Emissions, Air Toxics, Hybrid Electic, Technology, USDOT Funding Programs, No Pollution, Diesel

18. Distribution Statement

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