Goods Movement Studies

This chapter describes how goods movement, the distribution of raw materials and finished products, is most frequently handled by truck, train, and airplane. Some commodities move by ship or pipe-line, but these modes tend to be less visible to the average transportation planner. Incorporating freight planning into general transportation planning activities is becoming increasingly important as the regional and local road networks become more congested, funds to expand physical capacity continue to decrease, air quality concerns heighten, and healthy economic activity is essential. Goods movement is an enormous enterprise. Intercity and intracity freight movement cost $96.4 billion in 1988. Approximately 22,000 establishments were involved in the intercity component, employing almost 1.4 million people. More than $20 billion in user fees, largely in the form of road taxes, have been collected in each of the last five years. Intercity freight movement was handled by more than 4.9 million trucks. Truck miles driven each year continue to rise at 5% per year. It has been estimated that in 1990 more than 5 billion tons of freight were picked up or delivered in urban areas, taking more than 35 billion vehicle stops and more than 50 billion miles of travel. There are great many views represented with respect to freight movement: those of shippers and carriers, public agencies such as departments of transportation at all levels, planners and engineers, public officials, and the general motoring public. The role that each plays when any study is being conducted will inspire the study design and therefore the results.

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    • This book was reprinted in 2000 by the Institute of Transportation Engineers.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE)

    Washington, DC  United States 
  • Authors:
    • Anderson, Marsha D
  • Publication Date: 1994


  • English

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: pp 330-346

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  • Accession Number: 01002919
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0130975699
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 11 2005 1:46PM