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Freight transportation is critical to support livable communities and economic competitiveness. At the same time, freight vehicles and facilities are not without impacts on surrounding communities, infrastructure, and the environment. Mirroring the broader US system, Region 2 is home to a vast, multi-modal freight infrastructure that includes highways, rail, marine ports, airports, and international border crossings. The region is challenged to provide multi-modal freight access to support industry productivity and safe, reliable, and efficient movement of goods between shippers and receivers while at the same time minimizing the impact of freight on infrastructure, traffic conditions, and the environment.

Modeling Emissions and Environmental Impacts of Transportation Activities Associated with High Volume Horizontal Hydraulic Fracturing Operations in the Marcellus Shale Formation

This project models emission dispersions from the most heavily impacted transportation network segments (primarily roads) identified by our current UTRC project. Our current research models environmental and transport impacts of material and waste movements related to hydraulic fracturing activities in the Marcellus Shale Formation.

Impacts of Freight Parking Policies in Urban Areas: The Case of New York City

Freight flows are a physical expression of the economy, so fostering efficiency in the movement of freight from producers to consumers will spur growth for the economy and employment. However, the transportation of freight generates a large amount of traffic, with resultant congestion, pollution, noise, infrastructure damage, and threats to the quality of life.

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