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FREIGHT RESOURCE CENTER

RESEARCH

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12-01-2016
40 Proposed U.S. Transportation and Water Infrastructure Projects of Major Economic Significance

In recognition of the important role that public works infrastructure plays in supporting national economic growth, the U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury), on behalf of the Build America Investment Initiative, commissioned this study. Its objective is to identify 40 proposed transportation and water infrastructure projects in the United States of major economic significance, but whose completion has slowed or is in jeopardy. This study provides the public with a picture of how, if completed, these proposed infrastructure projects would have a positive impact on national and regional economic activity, such as reducing congestion, improving safety and reliability, decreasing flood hazard, and other benefits.

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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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