Not only does freight transportation use a large percentage of America's resources but it also contributes significantly to its share of carbon emissions and affects the safety of the transportation system and all its users. These problems are expected to increase as the volume of freight transportation is already reaching the limits of the transportation infrastructure's capacity while demand continues to increase. The primary objective of this research was to compile a list of technologies and practices that should be included in the sustainable freight transportation frameworks of government agencies and commercial fleets to reduce their carbon footprint and increase their safety by providing recommendations on promising legislation, research, technology, and practices. Data were gathered through a literature review of available materials and a survey of the state Departments of Transportation. The success of this research project provides the needed knowledge for the development of a sustainable freight transportation framework.

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Published on 01/01/2012

Volume 2012, 2012
DOI: 10.1061/9780784412299.0018
Licence: CC BY-NC-SA license

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