National Cooperative Freight Research Program
For the National Cooperative Freight Research Program, HDR was part of a team leading a research study on the economic and transportation drivers for siting freight logistics facilities. The research study examined the goods movement and supply chain dynamics of freight facilities, as well as researched the key site selection criteria used for locating freight facilities. The study defined a categorization of freight facilities to better understand and communicate the similarities and differences of facilities with different purposes, modes and scales of operation.
HDR conducted a case study of each type of freight facility. Case studies included the Virginia Inland Port, the Rickenbacker Intermodal Terminal, the Alliance (TX) Global Logistics Park, and private sector warehouse, distribution and trucking facilities around the country. Our work included developing a comprehensive evaluation framework that identifies the data, information, benefits, costs and impacts of freight facilities. We also completed case studies and evaluations of each freight facility type to understand the specific site selection criteria and the economic and transportation impacts of the facility and defining information gaps compared to available research. The final freight facility site location guide and final report are complete and can be found on the Transportation Research Board's website.