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to specific markets, costs, and population trends may drive the early stages. A secondary screening may involve examining highway and rail networks to determine areas with service advantages. The third screening may evaluate total costs of operation for the final candidate sites. The final stage may then involve more site-specific issues such as specific facilities and the labor available in a particular community. Stages of site selection Field Validation Final Planning and Network Location Negotiations Strategy Modeling Screening and Location Cost Selection Modeling While these steps are shown above as a sequence, stages often overlap and recycle in an iterative manner. For example, some organizations combine the network modeling and location screening stages. Others develop the financial model early in the project to determine overall feasibility and then refine it based upon new knowledge throughout the process. Sometimes location selection needs to cycle back to a previous stage. Freight Facility Location Selection: A Guide for Public Officials 31