Today, planners use freight forecasting tools to predict freight demand and inform planning and policy decisions. This includes analyzing “disruptor” scenarios where specific policies or changes in economic conditions may influence future freight movements. State DOTs are facing complex planning questions and stand-alone tools that provide scenario analysis capabilities have gained a lot of interest.
At the recent TRB Innovations in Freight Data Workshop, we shared how the Texas Department of Transportation partnered with CS to design a disruptor scenario in the recently developed Freight Forecasting and Scenario Planning tool (FFSP) using a location-based approach. This tool allows freight planners to examine scenarios with different inputs, including a range of economic futures and customized geographies.