Assessment of Innovative and Automated Freight Strategies and Technologies - Phase I

Many innovative freight delivery strategies and technologies have been proposed to address the future freight needs of Texas’s growing population. Changes in both buying habits and a shift toward direct home package delivery threaten to dramatically change distribution patterns and increase the number of intercity and local delivery trucks on Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) roadways. Emerging freight delivery technologies such as automated freight vehicles and innovative operational freight strategies such as nighttime off-peak-hour deliveries to businesses are potential ways to better use existing infrastructure. Unfortunately, TxDOT and local transportation planners currently lack an established process to evaluate operational changes or technology applications needed to ensure continued, timely flow of commercial freight through the Texas transportation system. The primary objective of Phase I of this project was to establish a process to evaluate freight operational changes or technology applications to ensure continued, timely flow of commercial freight through the Texas transportation system. This phase identified over 50 currently proposed freight strategies and technologies and evaluated them to determine which should be further evaluated for implementation in future project phases.

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Technical Report
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Maps; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 282p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01634526
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA/TX-17/0-6837-1, Report 0-6837-1
  • Contract Numbers: Project 0-6837
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI, USDOT, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Mar 28 2017 2:57PM