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Freight and freightage -- Oregon -- Planning, Transportation -- Oregon -- Planning, Transportation -- Oregon -- Study and teaching (Higher), Portland State University -- Curriculum


The efficient, timely and reliable movement of freight is a critical responsibility of the transportation system and strategically important to the U.S. economy. Today, Americans purchase billions of dollars worth of goods over the Internet for home delivery, routinely sent using nextday- express packages. They also expect globally produced fresh fruits, flowers and vegetables to be available year-round. These shipments move over an extensive freight transportation system comprising millions of vehicles and thousands of miles of road, track and pipeline infrastructure, all supported by sophisticated information technology and operated, managed and maintained by a large, specialized labor force.

These are astounding and vital concepts for students in transportation engineering and planning to understand. This project provided a course in distribution logistics at Portland State University. The long-term goal of this course was to provide a greater understanding of the complex issues surrounding urban freight and logistics that would be relevant to graduate students in civil engineering, urban planning and business programs.


This is a summary of TREC research project OTREC-ED-09-02., which can be found online at

The final report can be found here:

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