Designed to transform how we measure, plan, and invest in transportation systems, The Freight Transportation Lifecycle Project is the first of several OTNA initiatives currently in development.


“What do we get, over the life of the asset, when we invest in each freight transport mode?

Until this question is answered through an unbiased, comprehensive comparison, investment in the most sustainable modes will be limited and ignorance will fuel resistance.

Major transportation infrastructure investments seldom include a comprehensive, thorough analysis of the full life-cycle costs of the alternatives under consideration. Even broad estimates of useful life for such public and private infrastructure investments are routinely ignored in the project planning and scoping phase that accompanies the overall decision-making process.

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