Developing a freight planning support system for northern New Jersey is the goal of research by George Fallat (photo right), deputy director of the International Intermodal Transportation Center. In addition to overall assessment of such factors as congestion, mobility and accessibility, the study will analyze the interruption in freight movement caused by the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. This effort is supported by a grant through the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority's Unified Planning Work Program. The study will include identification of existing and future freight movement, system redundancies and appropriate strategies for enhancing the increasing movement of goods throughout northern New Jersey.
The study aims to develop indicators of goods movement such as intermodal terminal landside access; terminal congestion; clusters of freight activity; key freight routes by mode; route restriction related to low bridge clearances, and ramp turning radii, steep climbing lanes, and others; key roadway segments with high truck related incidents; and other appropriate indicators. Drawing on relevant data sources and gathering new data where necessary, the project will use the indicators to assess the performance of freight movement in the region, forecast future conditions, identify current and future needs, and develop strategies to address these needs.