An Assessment of the Goods Distribution System in the Greater Lafayette Area

The focus of this report is on truck movements. Not only do trucks provide the transportation for most goods moved within the urban area, but they also contribute significantly to congestion, pollution, safety problems, and distribution costs. The purpose of including goods movement analysis in the Overall Transportation Planning Program is to identify problem areas, and to suggest and evaluate potential solutions. The recommended procedure is as follows: The first activity focuses on an appraisal of the community's goods distribution system. At least four basic approaches may be used: personal interview with selected goods movement representatives; creation of an advisory panel; a field survey; and, a mail survey of area truck fleet operators. The second activity is concerned with evaluating problems and opportunities identified during the detailed appraisal. This will involve the development of truck travel and commodity flow forecasts to assist in evaluating the magnitude of a particular problem. The end product if this process is a set of Transportation System Management (TSM) and long range transportation freight plans that can be incorporated into the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).


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  • Accession Number: 01144500
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Created Date: Nov 13 2009 2:05PM