NCFRP Report 13: Freight Facility Location Selection: A Guide for Public Officials
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NCFRP Report 13:
Freight Facility Location Selection: A Guide for Public Officials
(2011)
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TRB's National Freight Cooperative Research Program (NFCRP) Report 13: Freight Facility Location Selection: A Guide for Public Officials describes the key criteria that the private sector considers when making decisions on where to build new logistics facilities.

A final report that provides background material used in the development of NFCRP Report 13 has been published as NCFRP Web-Only Document 1: Background Research Material for Freight Facility Location Selection: A Guide for Public Officials (NCFRP Report 13)

Topics

  • Transportation — Policy
  • Transportation — Environment
  • Transportation — Planning and Forecasting
  • Transportation — Economics
  • Transportation — Freight Transportation
  • Transportation — Terminals and Facilities

Publication Info

80 pages | 8.5 x 11
Contents

Table of Contents

skim chapter
Front Matter i-x
What is the purpose of this guide? 1-2
Who should use this guide? 3-3
How to use this guide 4-4
What do we mean by freight facilities? 5-9
Keys to freight facility development success 10-10
Chapter 2: Evaluating Freight Facility Impacts and Benefits 11-12
Economic effects 13-13
Transportation effects 14-15
Other public sector costs 16-16
Chapter 3: The Critical Roles of Groundwork and Collaboration 17-18
Laying the groundwork 19-21
Public sector assistance and incentives 22-24
Best practices for the public sector 25-28
Chapter 4: How the Location Selection Process Works 29-29
Site selection: the big picture 30-30
Stages of site selection 31-31
Planning and strategy 32-33
Network modeling and analysis 34-34
Location screening 35-35
Field and site analysis 36-36
Cost modeling 37-37
Incentives, negotiations, and final selection 38-38
Chapter 5: How Candidate Sites Are Evaluated 39-39
Ability to access key markets or customers 40-42
Interaction with transportation networks 43-47
Labor and workforce 48-48
Total cost environment 49-49
Availability and cost of suitable facilities 50-51
Tax environment 52-52
Weighing site selection factors 53-54
Changing role of the freight facility 55-55
Changes in global sourcing 56-57
Fuel costs and environmental factors 58-59
Computer model use and sophistication 60-60
Transportation network congestion 61-61
Competition with other types of development 62-62
Appendix A: List of private sector interviewees 63-63
Appendix B: Glossary of terms 64-69
Abbreviations used without definitions in TRB publications 70-70

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