Freight Planning

Supply Chain Strategy and Optimization

CS has led competitive supply chain and market assessments for some of the largest shippers and carriers in the world. We bring deep international and domestic supply chain experience and rigorous use of fact-based quantitative and qualitative analysis to help clients refine their supply chain strategies. Our expertise includes right sourcing, supply chain optimization, demand analysis and investment strategy. 

Port Planning and Market Forecasting

State, regional and local agencies face challenges in the effort to alleviate port congestion, especially in planning for goods movement and alternative passenger transit modes. Cambridge Systematics brings expertise in the full spectrum of skills required for solutions: master planning, market assessment and forecasts for cargo and cruise operations, landside access planning, economic impact analysis, financial planning, intelligent transportation systems planning, strategic planning, and environmental impact assessment.

Freight Rail Planning and Market Forecasting

As planners and policymakers increasingly look to rail to reduce highway congestion and greenhouse gas emissions, rehabilitation and expansion are critical to serving domestic and international trade lanes. Cambridge Systematics leads the field in offering insight, analysis and support on these issues. We work with the nation’s largest freight railroads to provide strategic planning services, analytical support for public sector funding, market analyses, and local industrial access and preservation programs.

State, Regional and Local Freight Planning

As changes in the US and global economy drive up freight demand and stress freight transportation systems, Cambridge Systematics helps states, regions and metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) plan to accommodate this growth—and capitalize on it through priority-driven investments. Our work allows agencies to understand the link between freight efficiency and economic vitality, improve freight operations while meeting mobility and livability goals, and implement projects and programs that address evolving needs.