Broad Economic Benefits of Freight Transportation Infrastructure Improvement

Quarterly Reports Other Documents Final Report
March 2010
June 2010
September 2010
December 2010
March 2011
June 2011
September 2011
December 2011
March 2012
June 2012
Research Brief Final Report

Primary Investigator

Kazuya Kawamura
College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs
University of Illinois, Chicago
MC348, 412 South Peoria St.
Chicago, IL 60607-7065


This project strives to introduce a novel way to quantify the broad reorganization benefits associated with an improvement in the freight infrastructure. Using the approach based on the technique known as Field of Influence, the benefits of a project or event of major significance, such as the Olympics, are estimated with and without the re-organization effects. This study extends the FHWA’s Highway Freight Logistics Reorganization Benefits Estimation Tool that was developed to estimate the re-organization benefits second-order benefits) that are directly caused by the change in the efficiency of the truck freight movements.


  1. Develop an analytical framework for quantifying the third-order and also job and wage benefits (induced benefits) of transportation infrastructure project that can be used with publicly available data.
  2. Conduct a case study to demonstrate the use of the framework and also to gain policy insights for real-world projects of major significance.
  3. Gain insights into the broad influence of freight transportation on the economy by examining how the third-order benefits related to freight transportation projects vary across regions and also time.


  1. Data Preparation
  2. Field of Influence Analysis
  3. Case Study: Third-order and induced benefits of a regionally significant project
  4. Documentation

Project Information

  • Duration: 24 months
  • Dates: January 1, 2010 – December 1, 2011
  • Budget: $142,240 ($25,852)
  • Student Involvement: Two graduate students
  • Modal Orientation: Highway, Rail
  • Project ID: CFIRE 03-14
Print Friendly