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Mid-America Transportation Center

Developing a Sustainable Freight Transportation Framework with the Consideration of Improving Safety and Minimizing Carbon Emission

Final Report
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Researchers

  • Principal Investigator: Yong Bai (ybai@ku.edu (785)864-2991)
  • Co-Principal Investigator: Steven Schrock (schrock@ku.edu (785) 864-3418)
  • Graduate Students
  • Yilei Huang
  • Rita Neff
  • Wenhua Hou
  • Yue Li
  • Yi Lan
  • Cheryl Bornheimer
  • Huanghui Zeng
  • Xiaoxiao Zhang
  • Undergraduate Students
  • Margaret Freeman
  • Tiffany Brown
  • Margaret Freeman
  • Project Status
    Complete
    Sponsors & Partners
  • University of Kansas
  • About this Project
    Brief Project Description & Background
    Maintaining a sustainable freight transportation system is vital for the economy and people’s daily life in the United States. The existing freight transportation system, which heavily relies on trucks, faces several major challenges that could undermine the continuous economic growth and quality of life. These challenges include 1) carbon emissions that damage the environment, 2) congestions that increase the travel time and the risk of vehicle crashes and disrupt tightly planned supply chains, and 3) increased maintenance costs that are due to the frequent damage of pavements and bridges. The current situation requires transportation stakeholders such as State Departments of Transportation (State DOTs) and transportation related industries to adopt new philosophy to plan and conduct their business.
    Research Objective
    The main objective of the proposed research is to develop a sustainable freight transportation framework with the consideration of improving safety and minimizing carbon emission.
    Potential Benefits
    The framework will increase the utilization of other transportation modes such as rail and intermodal to diversify the methods of freight movements.
    Abstract
    Freight transportation is the backbone of the United States economy and is critical for the daily operations of every business in the United States. In 2002, $11,082,859 million worth of goods and services were transported throughout the nation. The volume of freight in the United States is expected to increase 70 percent by 2020. Freight transportation also provides jobs to millions of people, which contributes to the economic growth. Transportation related industries, such as vehicle manufacturing, parts suppliers and for-hire services, employed more than 10 million people in 2000. Maintaining a sustainable freight transportation system is vital for the economy and people’s daily life in the United States. The existing freight transportation system, which heavily relies on trucks, faces several major challenges that could undermine the continuous economic growth and quality of life. These challenges include 1) carbon emissions that damage the environment, 2) congestions that increase the travel time and the risk of vehicle crashes and disrupt tightly planned supply chains, and 3) increased maintenance costs that are due to the frequent damage of pavements and bridges. The current situation requires transportation stakeholders such as State Departments of Transportation (State DOTs) and transportation related industries to adopt new philosophy to plan and conduct their business. The main objective of the proposed research is to develop a sustainable freight transportation framework with the consideration of improving safety and minimizing carbon emission. The framework will increase the utilization of other transportation modes such as rail and intermodal to diversify the methods of freight movements.
    Project Amount
    $ 130,000