Case Studies-Overview

This section of the Guide presents nine primary case studies that document implementations of freight initiatives in six metropolitan areas of varying sizes across the United States: Atlanta, Georgia; the Kansas City area; Los Angeles, California; New York City, New York; Seattle, Washington; and Toledo, Ohio. The case studies represent a sample of the initiatives that have been implemented across the country to improve the freight system performance in metropolitan areas. Table 58 summarizes the initiatives presented in each location. Each case study includes the following parts:

  • Overview
  • Economic impacts
  • Regional approach/initiative
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Emerging issues
  • Concluding remarks

The overview summarizes the background and current conditions of the freight activity in the selected city and provides a brief description of the characteristics of the issue affecting the productivity of the system. The discussion of economic impacts describes the effects of not implementing any initiative to improve the freight system in terms of monetary units or in major impacts to the region’s economy. The regional approach followed by the public agency is presented by relating the planning process followed and initiative selected. In most of the cases, the public agency’s approach included the participation of key stakeholders, whose role is explained in the stakeholder engagement section. Concluding remarks address lessons learned and identification of emerging issues after the implementation of the selected initiative.

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