Full Title: Freight Transportation Modal Shares: Scenarios for a Low-Carbon Future
Author(s): Brogan, J.J.; Aeppli, A.E.; Beagan, D.F; Brown, A.; Fischer, M.J.; Grenzeback, L.R.; McKenzie, E.; Vimmerstedt, L.; Vyas, A.D.; Witzke, E.
Publisher(s): U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Publication Date: 3/2013

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This is one of a series of reports produced as a result of the Transportation Energy Futures (TEF) project, a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)-sponsored multi-agency project initiated to identify underexplored strategies for abating greenhouse gases and reducing petroleum dependence related to transportation. The project was designed to consolidate existing transportation energy knowledge, advance analytic capacity-building, and uncover opportunities for sound strategic action.

Freight transportation modes—truck, rail, water, air, and pipeline—each serve a distinct share of the freight transportation market. A variety of factors influence the modes chosen by shippers, carriers, and others involved in freight supply chains. Analytical methods can be used to project future modal shares, and federal policy actions could influence future freight mode choices. This report considers how these topics have been addressed in existing literature and offers insights on federal policy decisions with the potential to prompt mode choices that reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.