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Measuring Improvements in the Movement of Highway and Intermodal Freight

Appendix A: Evaluations of Individual Studies

This section provides a summary and evaluation of each study that was examined. For each effort, we systematically document relevant information about the effort (sponsors, report authors, participants, date), summarize the relevant findings as they pertain to measures of freight productivity performance, and assess the findings. Our focus in evaluating each study is on the strength of conclusions and the applicability of recommendations to FHWA.

Efforts have been divided into three categories:

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U.S. DOT efforts: efforts sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration or other parts of the U.S. Department of Transportation;

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State and local efforts: initiatives undertaken by State DOTs, metropolitan planning organizations, or local transportation agencies, typically as part of a transportation plan; and

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Academic efforts: studies undertaken at universities or other institutions, typically with a focus on theoretical aspects of measuring freight productivity

U.S. DOT Efforts

REPORT: Examination of Transportation Industry Productivity Measures. Searching for Solutions (No. 8): An Examination of Transportation Industry Productivity Measures, Summary of Proceedings: Highway-Related Transportation Industry Productivity Measures Symposium held in Arlington, Virginia on November 19-20, 1992.

SPONSORS: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

AUTHORS: FHWA

PARTICIPANTS: Approximately 80 participants from the U.S. Department of Transportation (FHWA, Federal Railroad Administration, Federal Transit Administration, Federal Aviation Administration, Office of the Secretary, Volpe National Transportation Systems Center), other federal government agencies (Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Commerce, Army Corps of Engineers, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Interstate Commerce Commission), the Virginia Department of Transportation, trade associations, transportation industry representatives, consultants, and academia.

DATE: Symposium held on November 19-20, 1992. Report published July 1993.

SUMMARY:

The symposium focused on issues in measuring transportation industry productivity and, in particular, the difficulty of measuring productivity in the motor carrier industry. It provided an opportunity for participants to discuss technical issues and users’ needs related to transportation productivity measures, with a focus on the transportation industry’s economic performance.

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