Metrics for Cargo-Oriented Development: Measuring the Dynamic Interaction of Community Economic Development & Freight System Efficiency

Previous studies have shown that freight transportation experts and economic development professionals along with elected representatives look at different metrics when they consider projects that link freight system improvements with sustainable economic development. This paper proposes to establish common ground between these perspectives by framing a set of metrics for Cargo-Oriented Development (COD) – a form of development that sites and retains logistics, distribution, and manufacturing businesses in locations that benefit from access to multiple modes of freight transportation, complimentary industrial businesses, and a ready industrial workforce. The paper also outlines a research agenda through which questions raised by the COD metrics can be resolved and the potential benefits of this form of development clarified.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This paper was sponsored by TRB committee AT045 Standing Committee on Intermodal Freight Transport. Alternate title: Metrics for Cargo-Oriented Development.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Transportation Research Board

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  • Authors:
    • Chandler, David
    • Zou, Bo
    • Bernstein, Scott
    • Benedict, Albert
    • Shankar, Preeti
  • Conference:
  • Date: 2016


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 18p
  • Monograph Title: TRB 95th Annual Meeting Compendium of Papers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01590754
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 16-4320
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jan 12 2016 5:54PM