Preparing Texas’ Freight Transportation System for 2055

Efficient, reliable, and safe freight transportation is critical to the economic prosperity of any region. An efficient multimodal and intermodal transportation system reduces transportation and supply chain transaction costs and increases connectivity, mobility, reliability, and accessibility to local and global markets. An efficient freight transportation system, therefore, supports economic development, expansion of international trade, increased employment, growth in personal income, and growth of the gross domestic product of a region—ultimately improving the quality of life of its citizens. This research documents major trends (i.e., global trade, sociodemographic, environmental, and technology trends) that could impact the future business models of Texas’ companies; identifies and discuss factors that influence companies’ site selection decisions and explores how Texas ranks compared to other states; discusses changing business models and the associated impacts on and expectations for a future freight transportation system, and provides insight into the foreseen role for the Texas Department of Transportation in planning for an efficient, reliable, and safe freight transportation system in 2055 that supports the growth of industry and ultimately the Texas economy. This research document is a companion to Report 0-6809-2 that explores international rail traffic increases and their potential impacts on Texas rail planning needs.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Maps; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 160p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01634896
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA/TX-15/0-6809-1, 0-6809-1
  • Contract Numbers: 0-6809
  • Created Date: May 17 2017 5:05PM