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The Potential of Using Transit Infrastructure for Air Freight Movement: A Case Study in the Bay Area


This report examines the impact and feasibility of using urban railway system for freight movement. In particular, using the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system for FedEx Express air cargo movement is analyzed as a case study. Based on the framework constructed in the study of last phase, social impact (externalities), reliability, and infrastructure feasibility are considered. The social cost related to emission, energy consumption/efficiency, impact on road traffic and land use is considered. The reliability issue is examined from two aspects: transportation delay, and emergency situation handling. The infrastructure feasibility is analyzed based on the proximity and accessibility of BART yards/shops/stations and FedEx collection/distribution centers, the air freight container size, and the conceptual designs of dedicated BART freight car and transshipment equipment.

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