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TRB Pre-Publication Study on Freight Transportation Resilience

Aims to enhance freight transportation system resilience


Last week, the Transportation Research Board’s (TRB) National Cooperative Freight Research Program released a pre-publication (not yet finalized) version of Research Report 39, Freight Transportation Resilience in Response to Supply Chain Disruptions.

The purpose of the project “was to develop guidance for stakeholders to plan for, mitigate, and adapt to disruptions to supply chains with the aim of enhancing freight transportation system resilience.”

Among its contributions, the report identifies factors affecting resiliency, analyzes potential mitigation measures, and examines the dynamics of supply chain responses to system disruptions. Appendices A and C describe and model a flood event or lock closure on the Mississippi River. The model is designed to simulate the disruption of grain shipments by barge between Chicago and New Orleans.

U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service. Grain Transportation Report. May 23, 2019.

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