Researchers at IITC recently completed the "Freight Planning Support System" study for the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority.The project, led by George Fallat, deputy director of the center, was designed to support better project planning and implementation to deal with the forecasted increase of freight movements into New Jersey's ports and on northern New Jersey's railways and highways. The study also examined the interruption in freight movement caused by the September 11, 2001 attack on New York City.

The study recommended a more coordinated planning process among many agencies involved in planning, as well as the creation of a freight data management system. In the aftermath of 9-11, the study also emphasized that efficiency of freight movement must be considered in tandem with cargo security. The researchers recommended the establishment of a public-private partnership to share information and address common issues, as well as the development of contingency plans for catastrophic enents.Read the complete report.