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Title: Office of Freight Management and Operations (HOFM) - Status and Future Directions

Office of Freight Management and Operations
(HOFM) - Status and Future Directions
Tony Furst, Director
Office of Operations
Office of Freight Management and Operations The
  • 25 of the U.S. GDP is related to trade and is
    predicted to grow to 35 in the next 20 years.
  • Freight volume moved by all modes of
    transportation is predicted to nearly double by
  • Many of our highways, railroads, and intermodal
    facilities are running out of capacity to
    accommodate anticipated volumes of freight.
  • Congestion impedes timely and reliable freight
    movements and threatens business productivity.
  • Freight movements cross state and metropolitan
    boundaries are served primarily by the private
    sector and are hard to accommodate by traditional
    public institutions.

A Matter of Perspective
Private Sector (Shippers, Carriers) FREIGHT
Public Sector (States, MPOs) PASSENGERS
Truck volumes on major highways
2020 -
Congested highways
2020 -
Office of Freight Management and Operations The
  • Security, safety, environmental, and other
    concerns are competing with the need for
    efficient, reliable flows of freight.
  • Without improvements in technology, operations,
    infrastructure, and institutions the cost of
    goods will increase, global competitiveness will
    be reduced, jobs will be lost, and passenger
    travel by highway and rail will be in increasing
    conflict with freight movements.

Office of Freight Management and Operations
  • Support the productivity and economic benefits
    of freight transportation
  • Understand the magnitude and geography of
    freight moving on the nations transportation
  • Develop strategies, analytical tools,
    institutional arrangements, and professional
    capacities for all levels of government to
    address freight movement
  • Enforce commercial vehicle size and weight
  • Encourage innovative freight technology

Office of Freight Management and Operations
Major Activities
  • Policy
  • Analysis
  • Freight Professional Development
  • Vehicle Size and Weight Enforcement
  • Freight Technology Operations

Freight Policy
Freight Analysis Reduce congestion and improve
mobility by providing analytic capability to
transportation managers, planners and policy
developers regarding freight transportation
Freight Analysis Framework (FAF)
  • Commodity flows by origin and destination for
    truck, rail, and water in 1998, 2010, 2020
  • Planned improvements update base year to 2002
    Economic Census, improve coverage, identify
    hazmat flows, time of day estimates, provisional
    estimates of current year freight activity, etc.
  • Applications policy-sensitive mode split model,
    links to policy models, scenario forecasts
  • Assure continuation of data sources and explore
    new data sources
  • 202-366-9210

Beyond FAF
  • Travel time in freight-significant corridors and
    border crossing delay
  • Drive coherent freight data to the people who
    make transportation investments
  • State freight profiles
  • The Freight Story. Intermodal Connectors,
    Condition and Performance Report, etc.
  • 202-366-2976 202-366-8959
  • 202-366-9258
  • 202-366-4241

Freight Model Improvement Program
  • Freight forecasts for facility planning, revenue
    forecasting, air quality concerns, etc.
  • Freight responds to different forces than
    passenger travel and needs different models
  • Improve existing tools and state of practice
  • Identify research needs and longer term model
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  • Understanding the Relationship between
    Transportation Infrastructure Investment and the

The Issues
  • From 1980 to 2002, truck travel on US highways
    grew by 90 while lane-miles of public roads grew
    by only 5.
  • U.S. rail traffic is at or near segment capacity
    in intermodal corridors and new tracks are not
    being laid down.
  • Short Sea Shipping lanes are not currently an
    intermodal routing option.
  • Between 1998 and 2020, US freight volume (all
    modes) is expected to increase from 15 billion to
    25.5 billion tons (70.)

The Issues
  • Between 1998 and 2020, the value of US freight
    (all modes) is expected to increase from 9
    trillion to 30 trillion (233.)
  • Between 1998 and 2020, the percentage of urban
    interstates carrying 10,000 or more trucks will
    increase from 27 to 69.
  • Public and private investment is needed to
    accommodate increasing demand.
  • Potential investment in capacity expansion and
    operational improvement (including ITS
    applications) will have to compete with existing
    infrastructure maintenance and improvement.

The Big Picture
  • It is widely acknowledged that the health of the
    national economy is reliant on a functional
    transportation network.
  • However, there is no universally accepted means
    by which to calculate the economic benefits
    associated with transportation improvements.
  • FHWA seeks to create a series of models and
    methodologies that can be used by transportation
    planners to make a more complete evaluation of
    the relative economic value of alternative
    transportation system improvements, in order to
    better build the case that transportation
    improvements enabling improved freight flows lead
    to economic growth and development.

Key Questions
  • What is the nature and magnitude of the
    relationship between transportation investments
    and the performance of the freight services
    sector, of other economic sectors (e.g. labor),
    and of the overall economy?
  • How robust are these relationships when the
    transportation infrastructure investments are
    made in different contexts (i.e. capacity
    expansion vs. operational enhancement)?
  • What role does transportation investment play in
    the reorganization of logistics processes
    (evolution of the supply chain)?

Key Questions
  • How do freight shippers and carriers weigh
    transportation improvements in the development of
    their business models?
  • As freight transportation cost and service
    improvements promote market expansion and
    integration, what interactive changes occur in
    labor, land and product markets within and
    between various economic sectors and regions?

State of the Practice (Macroeconomic)
  • Transportation Spending and GDP are positively
  • Research has shown that economic benefits
    associated with highway spending have decreased
    over time as there has been a shift from
    construction to operations and maintenance
  • More and better roads reduce overall logistics
    costs (at a given output level) by making it
    faster and cheaper to move raw materials and
    finished products.
  • Lower costs are passed through to consumers,
    demand increases, output grows.

State of the Practice (Microeconomic)
  • Economic benefits from transportation system
    improvements are dependent on time-frame.
  • Short-run Operating cost (rate) reduction,
    transit time savings (no change in operations)
  • Medium-run Transportation replaces inventory,
    total logistics cost savings
  • Long-run Supply-Chain modification, facility
    location and vehicle fleet changes

State of the Practice (General Equilibrium)
  • Benefits from transportation infrastructure
    improvements vary by region.
  • Improvements lead to redistribution of resources
    and regional specialization.
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Current Research
  • FHWAs efforts to determine the magnitude of the
    long-run benefits associated with infrastructure
  • Properly define the relationships that exist
    between the transportation network and the
    economy, by time-frame. (Completed, Phase I)
  • Estimate the long-run impact of transportation
    system changes on the economy using the best
    available metrics and data sources. (Completed,
    Phase II)
  • Preliminary estimate is a15 mark-up over short
    and medium-run benefits captured under
    traditional BCA.
  • Pursue the development of models that can
    reliably determine the value of the benefits
    associated with transportation investment, on a
    national and regional level, using available data
    or identify needed data not currently available.
  • Verify, validate, calibrate, refine and update
    models. (Future)
  • Deploy and implement models. (Future)

Freight Professional Development (FPD) Reduce
congestion and improve mobility by providing
training and analytic tools to transportation
managers, planners and policy developers
regarding freight transportation
Freight Professional Development
  • Listening sessions to identify current needs
  • NHI courses, workshops, and other traditional
    approaches to training and peer-to-peer exchange
  • New approaches such as the Talking Freight
  • Resource Library
  • Long range strategies to develop the next
    generation of freight professionals
  • Virtual Freight Team / Freight Council
  • 202-366-9498

Commercial Vehicle Size and Weight Improve the
physical condition of the highway transportation
system by effective application of size and
weight standards and technologies
Commercial Vehicle Size and Weight
  • Facilitate support effective State enforcement
    of Federal Size Weight requirements thru
    training, policy interpretation, technology
  • Support assist the automated reporting of data
    on State activities.
  • Provide interactive, real-time website
    communication for stakeholders on emerging
    issues, legislation research activities.

Commercial Vehicle Size and Weight
  • OS/OW study relative to infrastructure
  • Technology applications
  • VWS
  • Provide immediate customer service on inquiries
    concerns associated with commercial vehicle size
    and weight matters.
  • 202-366-2997 202-366-6817
  • 202-366-4415

Freight Technology Operations Improve freight
efficiency and global connectivity by identifying
and facilitating the deployment of technology and
Motor/ Rail
Motor/ Rail
Freight Technology Operations
  • Tier I / Tier II (ITS / JPO)
  • Electronic Freight Manifest
  • Standards Development
  • Information Highway
  • Integrated Corridor Management System
  • Road Weather

Freight Technology Operations
  • Tier II
  • Freight Process Mapping Enhancement
  • Border ITS integration
  • Project Selectivity Cost/Benefit
  • Border Wizard
  • 202-366-2639 202-366-9215 202-366-2976

Office of Freight Management and Operations
  • Tony Furst, Director
  • Rose Skerkavich, Secretary 202-366-9210
  • Rolf Schmitt, Policy Team
    v 202-366-9258
  • Bob Davis, Vehicle Size and Weight
    Team 202-366-2997
  • Mike Onder, Freight Technology Ops
    Team 202-366-2639

  • Further Information at
  • http//
  • 202-366-9210