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

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United States Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration

U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
Office of Operations
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Washington, DC 20590


September 2017

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction

Chapter 2. Potential Changes to Intermodal Connector Designation Criteria

Chapter 3. Conclusions on Incorporating Freight Intermodal Planning into State Freight Plans

Recent Trends, Needs, and Issues Related to Freight Intermodal Connectors

Policies, Strategies, and Performance Measures

Consideration of Designated Rural and Urban Freight Corridors

National Freight Policy Goals

Innovative Technologies

Consideration of Heavy Vehicles

Strategies to Address Freight Mobility Issues

Consideration of Significant Congestion or Delay Caused by Freight

Freight Investment Plan

Consultation with State Freight Advisory Committee

Chapter 4. Conclusions on Data to Support Intermodal Connector Planning

Connector Data in Existing Databases

Linking Information in Existing Databases

Conclusions on Utilizing Existing Databases to Support Freight Intermodal Planning

Options for Improving Quality and the Amount of Data Available for Planning on Intermodal Connectors

Summary of Potential Next Steps

List of Figures

Figure 1. Graph. Issues identified on freight connectors in Oregon.

List of Tables

Table 1. Summary of the incorporation of freight intermodal planning into 10 required State freight plan elements.

List of Abbreviations and Symbols

AADT—Annual Average Daily Traffic

BTS—Bureau of Transportation Statistics

CFS—Commodity Flow Survey

DOT—Department of Transportation

FARS—Fatality Analysis Reporting System

FAST—Fixing America’s Surface Transportation

FASTLANE—Fostering Advancements in Shipping and Transportation for the Long-Term Advancement of National Efficiencies

FHWA—Federal Highway Administration

FMCSA—Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

FRATIS—Freight Advanced Traveler Information System

GIS—Geographic Information System

GPS—Global Positioning System

HPMS—Highway Performance Monitoring System

ICAT—Intermodal Connector Assessment Tool

MPO—Metropolitan Planning Organization

NCFRP—National Cooperative Freight Research Program

NHS—National Highway System

NHTSA—National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

NPMRDS—National Performance Management Research Data Set

OST-R—Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

SQL—Structure Query Language

TIFA—Trucks in Fatal Accidents

TIGER—Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery

TMC—Transportation Management Codes

TTTR—Truck Travel Time Reliability

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