Understanding Freight Land-Use Interrelationships

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Primary Investigator

Kazuya Kawamura
University of Illinois, Chicago
412 South Peoria St., MC348
Chicago, IL 60607-7065


The research will carry out the in-depth examination of, using both quanititative and qualitative techniques, the effects of land use on freight transportation, and vice-versa to: expand the understanding of the full impacts of land use decisions on the efficiency of freight movement and also the efficacy of measures to improve freight transportation toward increased economic competitiveness of a region. A set of strategies to better integrate the land use and freight transportation planning will be developed based on the findings.


The primary objectives of this research are to collect, generate and document the knowledge on the following relationships:

  1. Effects of the performance of transportation infrastructure, as they relate to freight movement, on the location decisions of various types of businesses
  2. Effects of the performance of transportation infrastructure, as they relate to freight movement, on the regional economic indicators
  3. Effects of land use on the efficiency of freight movement for different components of most common types of supply chains, and
  4. Effects of land use and socioeconomic characteristics of a region on the demand for freight transportation.

The secondary objective is to, utilizing the assimilated knowledge base, develop a set of recommendations regarding the land use and infrastructure policies including the use of land use models. In order to successfully fulfill this objective, as noted in the Problem Statement, it is necessary to understand the interrelationships among these effects under various environmental conditions. Also, current practices, including the integration of land use and transportation planning and capabilities and utilization of land use models to facilitate the planning decisions, need to be studied. Furthermore, motives, constraints, and rationale of each stakeholder that causes observed effects to occur must be understood in order for this research to produce knowledge that are transferable to practice. We will use the following approach, which mixes both quantitative and qualitative methods to accomplish these objectives.


  1. Literature review
  2. Quantitative analysis of effect of freight transportation on land use
  3. Qualitative analysis
  4. Develop recommendations
  5. Documentation

Project Information

  • Duration: 24 months
  • Dates: September 1, 2008 – August 31, 2010
  • Budget: CFIRE: $139,787; Total: $184,591
  • Modal Orientation: Highway
  • Project ID: CFIRE 02-07
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