Guidebook for Freight Policy, Planning, and Programming in Small- and Medium-Sized Metropolitan Areas

This guidebook provides the necessary resources to undertake freight transportation planning activities in small- and medium-sized metropolitan areas. This guidebook should be especially useful to small- and medium-sized Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), as well as their state and federal partners, as they work to effectively integrate freight into local and regional transportation systems planning, priority programming, and project development planning activities. A research team led by Cambridge Systematics, Inc., carried out a comprehensive investigation into current and effective practices for considering freight in the policy, planning, priority programming, and project development activities undertaken in small- and medium-sized metropolitan areas. The project resulted in a practical handbook designed to provide users with substantial information to develop and tailor freight planning within the transportation planning processes of the metropolitan areas. The guidebook includes: (1) an introduction providing a brief background on the importance of freight transportation planning for small- and medium-sized metropolitan areas; (2) instructions for the effective use of the guidebook; (3) a "Getting Started" module with a self-assessment exercise, evaluation steps to assess the nature of freight planning in the area, and identification of the appropriate mix of activities that can best achieve freight planning goals in the area; (4) specific guidance to stimulate freight policy, planning, and programming activities within established MPO program functions, including long-range planning, transportation improvement programming and unified planning work program development; (5) a comprehensive list of sequential steps that can be taken to establish an effective freight transportation planning program; and (6) a freight reference module that includes data and analytical tools, training resources, case studies, available freight research, and freight glossary references.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 203p
  • Serial:
    • NCHRP Report
    • Issue Number: 570
    • Publisher: Transportation Research Board
    • ISSN: 0077-5614
  • Publication flags:

    Open Access (libre)

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01044659
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9780309098731
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Project 8-47
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Mar 29 2007 9:11AM