National Center for Sustainable Transportation

TO-004 <p>Spatial Dynamics of the Logistics Industry and Implications for Freight Flows</p>

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Project Summary

Spatial Dynamics of the Logistics Industry and Implications for Freight Flows

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Topic Area

Sustainable Urban Freight

P.I. Name & Address

Professor; Margaret and John Ferraro Chair in Effective Local Government; Senior Associate Dean for Research and Technology; Director, METRANS , Sol Price School of Public Policy
University of Southern California
650 Childs Way
Ralph and Goldy Lewis Hall (RGL) 216
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0626
United States
Postdoctoral Research Associate, College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs
The University of Texas at Arlington
601 W. Nedderman Drive
Suite 203
Arlington, TX 76019-0108
United States

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U.S. Department of Transportation


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Research Subaward No. 201302432-02

Start and End Dates

8/15/2014 to 12/31/2015

Brief Description of
Research Project

This project will examine changes in the spatial pattern of warehousing and distribution (W&D) activities and analyze the implications of these changes on freight flows.  W&D activities are decentralizing in response to rising land values and scale economies.  Ultimately, we seek to understand whether these spatial shifts result in more truck VMT, or whether the efficiencies gained by larger scale operations allow offsetting savings, such as enabling the use of larger trucks or achieving higher average load factors. Understanding how these shifts are affecting truck VMT is essential for developing effective policies for managing truck VMT and their associated emissions. However, there is no good source for tract or zone level truck flow data, or for intra-metropolitan truck origin-destination data.  

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