Spatial Dynamics of Warehousing and Distribution in California

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Project Summary

The purpose of this research is to document and analyze the location patterns of warehousing and distribution activity in California.  The growth of California’s warehousing and distribution (W&D) activities and their spatial patterns is affected by several factors, including population and economic growth, shifting supply chains and distribution practices, scale economies in warehousing, and the state’s role in international and domestic trade. The location of W&D activities has implications for freight demand and flows, and thus is a critical element in statewide transportation planning.

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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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Agency ID or Contract Number

Grant No: 65A0533

Start and End Dates

1/1/2016 to 12/31/2016