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Best Practices for Incorporating Commodity Flow Survey and Related Data Into the MPO and Statewide Planning Processes

NCHRP 8-36, Task 65 – This study investigates how state departments of transportation and metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) use the Commodity Flow Study (CFS) through a review of the literature and practice, highlighting innovative applications of the CFS that others could learn from. It provides an overview of the CFS and describes best practices in the application of the CFS. It further explains the Freight Analysis Framework (FAF) and FAF2 and cites a few success stories in using FAF2. Through interviews, it finds that not many states or MPOs are using the CFS but FAF2 is more widely used. Some suggestions in enhancing the FAF2 website have also been offered.

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