Development and Analysis of a GIS-Based Statewide Freight Data Flow Network

In the face of many risks of disruptions to our transportation system, this research improves WSDOT’s ability to manage the freight transportation system so that it minimizes the economic consequences of transportation disruptions.

This report summarizes 1) the results from a thorough review of resilience literature and resilience practices within enterprises and organizations, 2) the development of a GIS-based statewide freight transportation network model, 3) the collection of detailed data regarding two important industries in Washington state, the distribution of potatoes and diesel fuel, and 4) analysis of the response of these industries to specific disruptions to the state transportation network. The report also includes recommendations for improvements and additions to the GIS model that will further the state’s goals of understanding the relationship between infrastructure availability and economic activity, as well as recommendations for improvements to the statewide freight transportation model so that it can capture additional system complexity.
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Publication Number: 
WA-RD 730.1
Last modified: 
10/12/2016 - 15:41
Anne Goodchild, Eric Jessup, Edward McCormack, Derik Andreoli, Sunny Rose, Chilan Ta, Kelly Pitera.
Washington State Transportation Center (TRAC)
Number of Pages: 
Transportation planning, Freight transportation, Geographic information systems, Analysis, Data communications, Commodity flow, Economic impacts, Multimodal transportation, Intermodal transportation, Transportation operations, Traffic diversion, Detours, Routes and routing.