Within these pages, readers will find information about the current practices of freight data, challenges and needs associated with freight data, and products to support freight data sharing, integration, and management.
Timely, comprehensive, and high-quality freight data support agency planning and operational efforts by identifying and aligning critical needs with infrastructure investments. Growing trends such as e-commerce, curbside pickups, and demand for warehousing and consolidation centers directly influence public sector decision-making relating to roadway operations, roadway design, maintenance activities, corridor and urban planning, and land use. Studies over the past decades have focused on improving freight data availability, sharing, and use by agencies to address specific needs.
Despite these studies, challenges to collect, share, organize, and analyze freight data within and between organizations persist. When organizations, whether public or private, collect data, it is done for a variety of reasons resulting in disparities of geographical scale, temporal granularity, data processing methods, modeling assumptions, and file sharing formats. Scarce or limited funding compounds these challenges for public sector organizations when pursuing partnerships with the private sector.