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FREIGHT RESOURCE CENTER

RESEARCH

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10-04-2016
West Coast Ports - Better Supply Chain Information Could Improve DOT’s Freight Efforts

This report addresses: (1) how major U.S. West Coast ports have responded to recent changes in global shipping; (2) how selected shippers have been impacted by and responded to a recent port disruption, and (3) how DOT’s efforts support port cargo movement and whether they can be improved. GAO conducted case studies of the three major port regions on the West Coast; interviewed key stakeholders— such as port authorities and state and local transportation agencies—for each region and 21 industry representatives, and evaluated DOT’s freight efforts relative to criteria on using quality information to support decision-making.

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06-01-2016
Why Goods Movement Matters

The purpose of this brief is to highlight the importance of the goods movement system and provide an overview of the research the VREF Initiative on Urban Freight centers have completed for policy makers, developers and other key decision makers. Similar to each center’s mandate, this brief focuses on urban freight and the challenges face in metropolitan areas and their urban centers. The wide range of challenges and solutions presented in this report reflects the varying political contexts and experiences of urban areas worldwide. The terms “freight” and “goods movement” are used interchangeably to refer to the complex network of vehicular modes, technological systems and physical structures controlled by people that are responsible for sending and receiving goods.

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06-01-2016
2016 State of the Industry Reports: Report 2, Economic Impact

We all learned it in school: Molecules are the basic building blocks of life. Without them, our world as we know it would not exist. In much the same way, freight railroads provide the foundation that enables the world’s top economy to thrive. For manufactures and consumers, small and large businesses, energy companies and farmers, freight rail is the basic building block that allows a great sweep of economic activity to take place across the country. Without railroads, our economy would be vastly different. This report, the second in the Association of American Railroads’ State of the Industry series, for the first time ever, shares data that begin to quantify the freight railroad sector’s economic and fiscal impact. The findings underscore the fact that freight railroads trigger a powerful economic ripple effect across a myriad of U.S. industries.

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