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Mid-America Transportation Center

Investigation of Freight Data and Operations in Nebraska


Researchers

  • Principal Investigator: Aemal Khattak (akhattak2@unl.edu 402-472-8126)
  • Project Status
    In Progress
    About this Project
    Brief Project Description & Background
    This research is in response to the recent transportation legislation titled “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act” (MAP-21), which has placed increased emphasis on freight planning. The research will assess Nebraskas freight planning needs and identify unmet needs, and will provide a plan for meeting those unmet freight data needs. MAP-21 includes provisions designed to enhance freight movement in support of national goals (US DOT 2012). This Act establishes national leadership in improving the condition and performance of a National Freight Network by identifying components of the network; the network will be designated by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation. MAP-21 encourages states to develop individual freight plans, aside from establishing freight advisory committees. Data on the present status of freight transportation are needed before a Nebraska freight transportation plan can be framed. However, Nebraska’s current freight data needs, availability of Nebraska-specific freight data, and the gaps in available data (if any) are unknown. Further, a plan is needed to address unmet data needs and structure future Nebraska freight data collection efforts. This research is proposed to: 1) Identify Nebraska’s freight data needs, 2) Recognize available sources of freight data, 3) Distinguish Nebraska’s needs fulfilled by available freight data and identify gaps in available freight data, and 4) Develop a plan on how best to address Nebraska’s unmet freight data needs and streamline future freight data collection efforts. The nature of this research will primarily be documentary reviews supplemented with survey research. The proposed research supports MATC’s theme of improving transportation safety.
    Research Objective
    The objectives of this research project are to identify Nebraska’s freight data needs, systematically evaluate available Nebraska-specific freight data, distinguish the needs fulfilled by available data and identify gaps in data, and develop a plan to address Nebraska’s unmet freight data needs.
    Potential Benefits
    The proposed research is expected to structure future freight data collection efforts and help with laying the foundation for formulating a Nebraska statewide freight transportation plan.
    Abstract
    This research is proposed in light of the importance of efficient freight movement for the economic well-being of Nebraska, and the emphasis on freight planning in the recent transportation legislation titled “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act” (MAP-21). The objectives of this research project are to identify Nebraska’s freight data needs, systematically evaluate available Nebraska-specific freight data, distinguish the needs fulfilled by available data and identify gaps in data, and develop a plan to address Nebraska’s unmet freight data needs. MAP-21 includes provisions designed to enhance freight movement in support of national goals (US DOT 2012). This Act establishes national leadership in improving the condition and performance of a National Freight Network by identifying components of the network; the network will be designated by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation. MAP-21 encourages states to develop individual freight plans aside from establishing freight advisory committees. Data on the present status of freight transportation are needed before a Nebraska freight transportation plan can be framed. However, Nebraska’s current freight data needs, the availability of Nebraska-specific freight data, and the gaps in available data (if any) are unknown. Further, a plan is needed to address unmet data needs and structure future Nebraska freight data collection efforts. This research is proposed to: 1) Identify Nebraska’s freight data needs, 2) Recognize available sources of freight data, 3) Distinguish Nebraska’s needs fulfilled by available freight data and identify gaps in available freight data, and, 4) Develop a plan on how best to address Nebraska’s unmet freight data needs and streamline future freight data collection efforts. The nature of this research will primarily be documentary reviews supplemented with survey research. The proposed research supports MATC’s theme of improving transportation safety.
    Project Amount
    $ 63,685