Improving the Movements of People and Freight: A Case Study of the Piedmont Atlantic Megaregion

The purpose of this research is to consider the Piedmont Atlantic Megaregion (PAM) with an emphasis on maintaining efficient future people and freight movements while offering multimodal solutions to moving people and freight to, between, and within the metropolitan economies of the megaregion. The needs, impacts, and benefits of high-speed intercity passenger rails are carefully examined and objectively quantified. The issues and themes that arise in the mega-region evolution and development context, including megaregional freight planning, social equity and health access issues, are discussed and addressed. The report is organized as follows: Chapter 2 provides a review and synthesis of the state-of-the-art and state-of-the-practice literature on the megaregion planning problems and multimodal solutions to move people and freight between metropolitans, and issues as well as themes arise in the megaregion evolution and development. Chapter 3 presents a method that can be used to predict and estimate the future mobility demand in the PAM. The prediction results can be used to support future decision-makings on transportation investments that help transportation planning to be better prepared to accommodate the increasing travel demand. Chapter 4 is intended to explore the role of freight transportation in supporting and sustaining economic development in the PAM. Chapter 5 evaluates the accessibility impact of future high-speed rail corridor on the PAM. Finally, Chapter 6 concludes this report with a summary and a discussion of the directions for future research.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Figures; Maps; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 103p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01687645
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Project ID: 2017 Project 02
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747133
  • Created Date: Nov 29 2018 11:48AM