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Findings on Connector Designation, Data to Support Planning, and Incorporation into State Freight Plans



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2. Government Accession No.

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4. Title and Subtitle

Findings on Connector Designation, Data to Support Planning, and Incorporation into State Freight Plans

5. Report Date

September 2017

6. Performing Organization Code

7. Author(s)

Dike Ahanotu and Lance Grenzeback, Cambridge Systematics, Inc.

8. Performing Organization Report No.

9. Performing Organization Name and Address

Cambridge Systematics, Inc.
730 Peachtree Street, NE
Suite 1000
Atlanta, GA 30308

10. Work Unit No. (TRAIS)

11. Contract or Grant No.


12. Sponsoring Agency Name and Address

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

14. Sponsoring Agency Code

15. Supplementary Notes


16. Abstract

The purpose of this study is to identify and describe options for improving the use, condition, and performance of freight intermodal connectors through the provision of better data for planning and programming. This study describes issues related to the designation of freight intermodal connectors, examined data needs and options for a long-term data program, including the potential for the development of a stand-alone intermodal connector database; reviewed options for improving data quality and amount of data available for planning on intermodal connectors, and developed guidance on how to incorporate freight intermodal connectors into State Freight Plans.

17. Key Words

Connectors, Freight, Intermodal, Freight Data, Truck Volumes, Truck Bottlenecks

18. Distribution Statement

No restrictions

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22. Price


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