Development of a Freight System Conceptualization and Impact Assessment (Fre‐SCANDIA) Framework
The freight system is a key component of California’s economy, but it is also a critical contributor to a number of externalities. Different public agencies, private sector stakeholders, and academia are currently engaged in the development of the California Sustainable Freight Action Plan (CSFAP). This plan will put forward a number of improvement strategies/policies. However, the freight system is so complex and multifaceted, with a great number of stakeholders, and freight operational patterns, that evaluating or assessing the potential impacts of such strategies/policies is a difficult task. To shed some light, this project will develop a freight system conceptualization and impact assessment framework of the freight operations in the State. The framework will be able to analyze the main components and interactions of key supply chains, the type of freight activities that have the largest impacts, and identify which economic agents’ decisions/regulatory actions affect a particular impact the most. The framework will be based on a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) Methodology that will be modified to support multidimensional cost/benefit appraisals that considers both direct benefits (e.g., delays, costs, accidents, maintenance) and social benefits to non‐users which include impacts on regional and national economies as well as environmental and health impacts.