The Freight Analysis Framework Version 3 (FAF3): A Description of the FAF3 Regional Database and How It Is Constructed

The Freight Analysis Framework (FAF) integrates data from a variety of sources to create a comprehensive national picture of freight movements among states and major metropolitan areas, by all modes of transportation. It provides a national picture of current freight flows to, from, and within the United States, assigns selected flows to the transportation network, and projects such freight flow patterns into the future. FAF3 is the third database of its kind, FAF1 provided estimates for truck, rail, and water tonnage for calendar year 1998, and FAF2 provided a more complete picture based on the Commodity Flow Survey for calendar year 2002. Since the first FAF effort a number of changes in both data products and in the sources of the data used to produce them have taken place. The FAF3 data products include both a regional database and network database with highway flow assignment. This document provides a detailed explanation of how the regional FAF3 data products were constructed from diverse data sources, using a variety of data modeling tools.

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    Oak Ridge National Laboratory

    Oak Ridge, Tennessee  United States  37831

    Federal Highway Administration

    Office of Freight Management and Operations, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Southworth, Frank
    • Peterson, Bruce E
    • Hwang, Ho-Ling
    • Chin, Shih-Miao
    • Davidson, Diane
  • Publication Date: 2011-6-16


  • English

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 96p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01526968
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Contract Numbers: DE-AC05-00OR22725
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI, USDOT
  • Created Date: May 27 2014 4:42PM