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STATUS: Complete YEAR: 2014 TOPIC AREA: Sustainability, energy, and health CENTER: NCST

Spatial Dynamics of the Logistics Industry and Implications for Freight Flows

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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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Genevieve Giuliano
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
650 Childs Way
Ralph and Goldy Lewis Hall (RGL) 216Los Angeles, CA 90089-0626
United States
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