Environmental and Community Impacts of Freight Movement Trends and Practices
Research Idea Scope
Research should address anticipated direction of current trends; their implications for transportation, land use, and the environment; and possible policies to ensure future developments in freight movement either enhance environmental quality or avoid adverse environmental impacts. At the same time, there is a growing opportunity to investigate impacts from goods movement on disadvantaged populations. Case studies of states’ experiences and responses would be useful.
This research will (1) begin with a search of existing literature on the measurement and planning for goods movement; (2) follow with a scan of current practices used with respect to (for example) environmental, socio-demographic, regional, and modal factors; and (3) continue with an assessment of the effectiveness of the methods identified above. This research also should include an economic analysis of changes in the location of entry-level, transportation-related jobs.
Transportation Research Board 2002 Environmental Research Needs Conference Notes