Reliable data is the foundation of all effective 21st century infrastructure decision-making.
For too long, our nation has not reckoned with the long-term implications, both positive and negative, of major transportation infrastructure decisions. There has been no cohesive system-wide data development and collection effort, leaving legislators, planners and stakeholders to depend on narrowly focused or outdated datasets.
Congestion, climate change, and other environmental factors hasten the need for a rapid expansion of intelligent decision-making processes.
Triple Bottom Line Freight Data Bank Program Action Steps:
Gathering: Taking full inventory of existing data.*
Assessment: Convene representatives from all freight transportation perspectives to gauge the timeliness and value of each factor-set, and from that exercise, create a prioritized wish-list of data needed.
Commission: Gather funding and then commission the needed research.
Dissemination: Make data available for low cost to the nation’s infrastructure planners, including campaign to promote awareness of new data.
*OnTrackNorthAmerica and its advisors have advanced much of this step, by undertaking existing research literature.