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Prioritization of Freight Investment Projects (2019)

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Suggested Citation:"Abbreviations and Acronyms." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2019. Prioritization of Freight Investment Projects. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25581.
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Suggested Citation:"Abbreviations and Acronyms." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2019. Prioritization of Freight Investment Projects. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25581.
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31 AADT annual average daily traffic AASHTO American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Caltrans California Department of Transportation CFAC California Freight Advisory Committee CFMP California Freight Mobility Plan DOT Department of Transportation EU European Union FAC freight advisory committee FAST Act Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act FRE Freight Enhancement Program GIS geographic information system INFRA grants Infrastructure for Rebuilding America grants IRI international roughness index ITS intelligent transportation system LOS level of service MAP-21 Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century MCDM multi-criteria decision-making MONSTER Multimodal Operations Non-SHOPP Transportation Equity Report MPO metropolitan planning organization NCPHFN North Carolina Priority Highway Freight Network NHFN National Highway Freight Network NHS National Highway System NPMRDS National Performance Management Research Data Set PCI pavement condition index POV privately owned vehicle PPP public–private partnership ROW right-of-way RPO rural planning organization SFS state freight system SHS state highway system STIP statewide transportation improvement plan TCEA Trade Corridor Enhancement Account TCEP Trade Corridor Enhancement Program TIGER Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery Abbreviations and Acronyms

32 Prioritization of Freight Investment Projects TIP transportation improvement plan TRID Transportation Research International Database TTI Texas A&M Transportation Institute TTTR truck travel time reliability UTP unified transportation plan VMT vehicle miles traveled

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Freight investment project prioritization, which is used to assist in planning and programming decisions, differs widely in importance across states. One of the reasons for the difference in importance is the fact that freight projects are costly, and state departments of transportation (DOTs) face limited resources to implement them.

The National Cooperative Highway Research Program's NCHRP Synthesis 542: Prioritization of Freight Investment Projects identifies the state of the practice of freight project prioritization and common steps across all state DOTs in the nation.

State DOTs have a variety of motivations for freight project prioritization, including the FAST Act. For DOTs to receive additional federal funding, a priority list of freight projects must be produced. However, because the FAST Act regulations do not include a specific methodology to help DOTs rank their freight projects, many different processes are used by the state DOTs for ranking.

This report synthesizes the available literature on the subject so that DOTs creating a prioritization process can identify successful practices in the current state of the practice.

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